Budget 2019: Varadkar prescribes tight fiscal regime

Inside Politics: Taoiseach rules out expansionist budget in October

Leo Varadkar: More borrowing means a bigger deficit, and higher debt does not make sense. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Leo Varadkar: More borrowing means a bigger deficit, and higher debt does not make sense. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

If you want a swashbuckling, devil-may-care approach to the budget, go back to 2003 when Champagne Charlie McCreevy was the party organiser.

For this October’s budget, read a conservative, safe and undramatic approach and, to be doubly sure, one that is erring on the side of caution.

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