Budget delivers 10% increase in cliches

Inside Politics: Paschal Donohoe’s budget contains no major political landmines

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe’s budget  contained no major political landmines. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe’s budget contained no major political landmines. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Pick your cliche to describe Paschal Donohoe’s first budget. Jam for tomorrow. One for everybody in the audience. No big fireworks. Spreading everything around. All kinds of everything. Balancing the books. An election budget. A giveaway budget. A Fine Gael budget. A Fianna Fail budget.

In truth, there were bits of all those cliches in the budget. Paschal Donohoe may have designed it, but he allowed Fianna Fáil and the Independence Alliance to do some of the colouring - and they did not always stay inside his neatly drawn lines.

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