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  • The Eve of Waterloo

    December 8, 2009 @ 6:00 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    There is an unreal air about Leinster House this evening. We are on the eve of the most important Budget since (at the very least) the measures  brought in by “Mac the Knife” MacSharry in 1987. That Budget laid the foundations of the Celtic  Tiger boom: what effect will Brian Lenihan’s speech tomorrow have? If it keeps us out of the bankruptcy boneyard we will be reasonably happy. It seems appropriate to reproduce the first stanza of Lord Byron’s The Eve of Waterloo here. I like reproducing verse that gave me pleasure at school anyway. Below that is a piece from yours truly in Monday’s print edition, which contains all my predictions for the Budget. My one cautionary (i.e., cop-out) note is that some of the final decisions may only have been made today. (more…)


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