Analysis: Inside the secretive budget meetings for the National Development Plan

Ministers are keeping a disciplined silence about the ongoing negotiaions for billions in capital spending

Paschal Donohoe’s diary in recent weeks has been filled with NDP meetings, of which at least 20 have been held so far. Picture: Collins

In the lead up to budgets, ministers wear the carpet in and out of a small conference room beside Paschal Donohoe’s office, as they try convince the public expenditure minister to increase spending allocated to their departments.

It is invariably a difficult and tense exercise, as demands rarely match resources. It is also garners a lot of media attention, with much of the detail leaked in advance of the two money ministers getting to ...