Michael McGrath interview: ‘If we have to change tack, we will’

The Minister for Public Expenditure says the strategy outlined in the government’s summer economic statement is achievable, despite the ongoing pressures of the pandemic

Michael McGrath, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform: the summer economic statement provides for €50 billion in capital spending over the next four years. Picture: Fergal Phillips

Michael McGrath has a black and white photo of Brian Lenihan jr on the wall of his office in the Department of Public Expenditure. He worked closely with the former finance minister, who died from pancreatic cancer ten years ago this month, and often went out to bat for him on the airwaves during the last financial crash.

Now McGrath is gearing up for a budget that will be presented at a time when the ...