Thursday October 29, 2020

Double act delivers a catch-all budget, but will it be enough?

Paschal Donohoe and Michael McGrath made light of FG and FF’s marriage of convenience when tailoring Budget 2021 against a turbulent backdrop of Covid-19

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

18th October, 2020
Paschal Donohoe, Minister for Finance and Michael McGrath, Minister for Public expenditure: shared the drafts of the budget speeches with each other. Picture: Fergal Phillips

It‘s just days after Budget 2021, but already the announcement of an €18 billion spending package has been overtaken by the ongoing issue of Covid-19 restrictions. And neither Paschal Donohoe nor Michael McGrath is surprised.

“When Michael and I were doing all the work that we were doing, we were really conscious we were doing it in a fast-moving health environment, and that has proven to be the case,” Donohoe tells the Business Post....

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Exclusive offers:

All Digital Access + eReader



Unlimited Access for 1 Month

Then €19.99 a month after the offer period.

Get basic
*New subscribers only
You can cancel any time.



€149 For the 1st Year

Unlimited Access for 1 Year

You can cancel any time.




90 Day Pass

You can cancel any time.

2 Yearly



Unlimited Access for 2 Years

This product does not auto-renew

Team Pass

Get a Business Account for you and your team

Share this post

Related Stories

Leo Varadkar shows signs of becoming the Teflon Tánaiste as even after his harsh remarks about Nphet, and the subsequent U-turn on the move to level 5 restrictions, Fine Gael is up two points to 37 per cent

Michael Brennan | 4 days ago

In a new history of Fine Gael, the Tánaiste says his rotation back to the job of taoiseach will come shortly after the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the state and asserts that Fine Gael was the ‘party that founded the state’

Michael Brennan | 4 days ago

The Department of Finance has until mid-December to outline its position after receiving details of the European Commission’s appeal of the ruling

Ian Guider | 4 days ago