Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin  before the budget announcement yesterday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

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How can you tell the electorate that the economy is healing but you must cut spending once again. Photograph: Eric Luke
Noonan and Howlin’s budget dilemma
  • Economy
  • September 23, 2014, 01:00

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Minister for Finance Micheal Noonan has warned there will be sanctions against anybody who fails to appear before the planned banking inquiry. Photograph: Eric Luke / THE IRISH TIMES.

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