Health is ‘gobbling up all the bloody money’

Health is ‘gobbling up all the bloody money’

The overspend in health is projected to be €700m, but at least the government has Fianna Fáil onside for the budget

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has to deliver a budget on Tuesday which is Brexit-proofed, climate-proofed and capable of making a dent in the housing crisis. But one of the problems he encountered during the process was the level of expectation – not from the general public, but from government departments.

“They were queueing up and they didn’t see anything wrong with spending money that we don’t have,” said one minister.

It was fortunate...

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