The making of Paschal Donohoe

Inside Politics: Even those in Fianna Fáil grudgingly acknowledge the Minister’s political skills

Paschal Donohoe’s rise has seemed effortless but his achievements have been hard won. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

Paschal Donohoe’s rise has seemed effortless but his achievements have been hard won. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/ Collins

Most ministers for finance like to see themselves as willing to make the unpopular choices to safeguard the public purse, as noble defenders of the exchequer against well meaning but unrealistic demands.

At this early stage in the year, Paschal Donohoe is certainly talking a tough game. There have been repeated warnings that he will not countenance a giveaway package in October, and public statements to that effect have been buttressed by private words from the Department of Finance that he is willing to take on all comers to achieve that goal.

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