Budget 2017 will show the failures of ‘new politics’

Analysis: Debates ahead of the budget prove real reform is not possible in current system

 Minister for Finance Michael Noonan  and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe   at Government Buildings in Dublin. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe at Government Buildings in Dublin. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

It doesn’t have to be like this. Or maybe, given the state of the Irish political system, it does.

Next year the State will, give or take a few cents, spend €55 billion and raise almost as much in taxes.

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