Economy in danger as Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil fight over budget

Politicians struggle to resist temptation of repeating past mistakes despite crash

Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael McGrath has questioned the basis of Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe’s budget calculations. Photograph: Alan Betson

Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael McGrath has questioned the basis of Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe’s budget calculations. Photograph: Alan Betson

As Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil circle each other warily in the dying days of the confidence-and-supply arrangement with an election clearly on their minds, there is a real danger that the economic well-being of the country in the years ahead could be the victim of the tussle.

The exchange between Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and Fianna Fáil finance spokesman Michael McGrath earlier in the week over precisely how much money will be in the kitty for October’s budget is an early indication of how frayed relations between the two big parties are likely to become as budget day draws ever closer.

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