The budget will be something of a trifle - a bit of this, a bit of that

The budget will be something of a trifle - a bit of this, a bit of that
Dara Calleary, Fianna Fáil, spokesperson on enterprise, jobs and innovation, and Michael McGrath, spokesperson on financeFergal Phillips

Paschal Donohoe’s budget speech will demonstrate public service reform: delivered by one minister instead of two, for half the price, and at 60 minutes long – a 33 per cent increase in efficiency

Freshly pressed new suits and dresses, hair blowdried or oiled to the side of the head and family members visiting for the day that’s in it. It’s nearly Budget Day in Leinster House, a day that guarantees a packed Dáil chamber and a big television audience. Deputies will be falling over themselves to regionalise the budget and claim credit for what was delivered for [Insert constituency here] or indeed to vent fury at [Insert constituency here] being left out.

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