David McWilliams: If I were Paschal Donohoe, here is what I would do
The budget should be a multi-decade plan to provide proper public infrastructure
Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe before delivering Budget 2019. The upcoming budget should involve a multi-decade plan to provide proper public infrastructure. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill
On Wednesday evening at rush hour, with rain falling steadily and traffic bumper to bumper, I hopped on the Dart from Dún Laoghaire to Dublin city centre. Plugging in my headphones, I thanked my lucky stars that I live in one of the few areas of Ireland that has a reliable train service.
Relaxed ahead of a meeting, safe in the knowledge that the train would be on time, I considered how good public transport infrastructure enhances our lives. It’s not just a means of getting from A to B , it’s a mark of a civilised, democratic country. But why should citizens who live along the Dart line enjoy a luxury that is denied to others?