Will Government expand its spending plans on budget day?

Good morning.

Budget season is well and truly upon us, and the perennial problem of finance ministers – how to reconcile all the demands for spending increases with the necessarily finite resources at their disposal – now looms large before Paschal Donohoe and Michael McGrath.

One of the many cheerleaders for an expansive budget is Leo Varadkar, who followed up Tuesday’s promises of welfare increases and tax cuts with the suggestion that it’s not just healthcare workers that should be entitled to two weeks’ extra holidays as a thank you for their work in the pandemic, but many civil servants too.

To say there were sharp intakes of breath in the Department of Finance and the Department of Public Expenditure would be an…

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