Budget 2020: Fine Gael adopts election footing

Budget 2020: Fine Gael adopts election footing
Paschal Donohoe on his way to deliver the minority government's final budget. Photo: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

Donohoe borrows from the Greens but fails to deliver long-promised tax cuts

Paschal Donohoe’s hour-long speech announcing Budget 2020 took place in what he called “the shadow of Brexit”.

It was delivered in a sober tone, with polite applause from the Fine Gael backbenches and very little heckling from the opposition.

Most of it had been reported in advance. The Help to Buy scheme has been kept, the Special Assignee Relief Programme (Sarp) of tax relief for workers who relocate to Ireland is being extended,...

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