Merriongate? There are debts to pay and a new Budget to prepare


Some time after tea tonight, and with little credit to their own political skills, the Government and Simon Coveney will hope to draw a line under the Katherine Zappone story.

hen, all our political leaders have to do is frame an €80bn Budget for 2022 to take us out of Covid-19 times and compensate for an expected €2bn per year loss in company tax revenue; fix a climate change plan to help save the world; drive on an extremely ambitious housing provision plan; decide the pension futures of a rapidly ageing Irish population; and a number of other sundry details.

As the Government drives into the detail of all of these issues, some may welcome back that dreary eight-week row about a strange UN non-appointment and a related ministerial farewell party pitched on the margins of Covid-19 practices.



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