The trouble ahead after Budget 2022

Surge in tax revenue transforms outlook for public finances – but big questions lie ahead

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe delivers the budget. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe delivers the budget. Photograph Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

The job of the two budget ministers in the run-up to the big day each year is twofold. They have to persuade the public that the economy is going swimmingly – and get their ministerial colleagues to accept that there is very little additional money to spend.

After this package, a few Ministers will be going back to Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath and saying: “but you never told us . . .”

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