Paschal calls on our inner German

Inside Politics: Minister will find strategy of finance prudence and saving for the future is easier said than done

Paschal Donohoe: Urging financial prudence: Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Paschal Donohoe: Urging financial prudence: Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

With a roaring economy and public finances in rude good health the last thing the Minister for Finance wants to do is spend it all in an attempt to win the next general election, he tells everyone.

He wants us to be more German - to be prudent, to save for the future, to restrain ourselves. He has told his ministerial colleagues as much in recent weeks, and gave them another talking-to at Tuesday’s cabinet.

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