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Paschal Donohoe: ‘Every decision that was taken in relation to this budget came back to me to make’ Picture: Fergal Phillips

He’s just delivered his maiden budget as finance minister. In this major interview, Paschal Donohoe talks tax, housing and political philosophy

For months now, Paschal Donohoe has been trying to put order to a complex economic and political jigsaw. His task was to deliver a budget that appeased the ideologically disparate elements of his own minority government while soothing the concerns of the main opposition party. He had to marry his personal determination to balance the books with the aspirations of a public desiring both spending increases and tax cuts. And it all had to be...

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