Pat Leahy: The budget has two tax cuts – one for each of the big parties

Budget 2018 has something for everyone and is bold in its revenue-raising measures

‘Paschal Donohoe had to make the numbers work, but Taoiseach Leo Varadkar wanted the politics to veer in his direction.’ Photograph: Getty Images

‘Paschal Donohoe had to make the numbers work, but Taoiseach Leo Varadkar wanted the politics to veer in his direction.’ Photograph: Getty Images

Paschal Donohoe balanced his budget, broadened the tax base, cut taxes for lower earners, provided money for investment and threw money at a range of public services.

He did this in an unprecedentedly fractured political environment, with at least some of his Independent colleagues threatening to resign on the front page of the newspapers and with his main rivals for government peering over his shoulder and holding a veto over the proceedings.

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