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11 Oct 2017 The first Varadkar/Donohoe budget suggests they plan another one before an election »

The first Varadkar/Donohoe budget suggests they plan another one before an election

During his campaign to become Fine Gael leader and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar used divisive language about wishing to support “people who get up early in the morning”. As Taoiseach he has sought to use more unifying language about wishing to create a Republic of Opportunity. Yesterday we got a chance to see did either piece of rhetoric mark a real statement of political intent. And when it came to it, Budget 2018, announced yesterday, gave some modest tax breaks to middle earners, a €5 increase in basic welfare payments, and some targeted increase in spending on health and housing. ...

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20 Sep 2017 Water, alcohol and judges feature in limited plans from a minority Government »

Water, alcohol and judges feature in limited plans from a minority Government

There are a few high profile Bills in the Government’s Autumn programme published this week, but they serve only to put a veneer on what is a limited legislative plan from a minority Government. In a normal year in the life of a normal Government, it is not unusual for it to put more than 60 Bills through the Oireachtas. But this Government put through just 44 in its first calendar year and has done just 25 in 2017.  And critics say the problem is not only the low number of Bills:  it is their quality.  Much of what...

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