‘We could not have predicted the devastation that Covid-19 would leave in its wake’

The government’s well-trailed budget delivered funding for aviation, hospitality and digital gaming – but was branded a ‘disaster’ by some in the hospitality industry

12th October, 2021
‘We could not have predicted the devastation that Covid-19 would leave in its wake’
Paschal Donohoe, Minister for Finance: ‘Budget 2022 meets the twin goals of investing our future; meeting the goals of today while putting the public finances on sustainable path’. Picture: Rollingnews.ie

This year’s budgetary announcement began with some levity; whoops, hollers and laughs rang through the Dáil chamber when Seán Ó Fearghaíl, Ceann Comhairle, took an opportunity in advance of the speech by Paschal Donohoe, Minister for Finance, to stress that the Budget outline distributed to deputies in the chamber was to remain “strictly confidential” until the end of Donohoe’s speech, discouraging the leaking of the wording to journalists....

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