Cliff Taylor: Did the Ministers get it right with Budget 2022? Five key takeaways . . .

Resolving problems in housing, health and childcare may yet revive Coalition’s fortunes

In trying to keep the public finances on a safe track, while nodding to the political agenda by introducing chunky spending increases, did the Ministers get it right?

In trying to keep the public finances on a safe track, while nodding to the political agenda by introducing chunky spending increases, did the Ministers get it right?

Things move fast as you come out of a pandemic. The bounceback in the economy transformed the sums behind Budget 2022 . They meant Ministers Paschal Donohoe and Michael McGrath could deliver on the planned €4.7 billion package, while aiming for a much lower level of borrowing than signalled during the summer.

You would wonder for just how long the Department of Finance knew there was that much extra money behind the sofa, but feared that letting everyone know would lead to pressure to bust the expenditure ceiling which they had already set out.

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