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Brexit: Theresa May signs the official letter invoking article 50, in March. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty

Brexit: Theresa May signs the official letter invoking article 50, in March. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty

Seasoned politicians and journalists were struck by the eerie calm that surrounded Paschal Donohoe’s budget speech. There were no protests outside the gates of Leinster House and no unexpected announcements or verbal fireworks inside the Dáil chamber. As if to emphasise that budget day is now hardly any different from any other Dáil day, the visitor’s bar in Leinster House was virtually empty for the entire evening.

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