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Archive for October, 2013

Enda and Angela’s Brief Encounter

THE scene: the Brussels Summit last Thursday night. A side-meeting between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Taoiseach Enda Kenny…

Tax Cut Heresy Offers Route to Salvation

A delicious rumour circulated in Leinster House last week: the mandarins in Merrion Street were said to be incensed because Budget secrets were pouring out the door of their sealed fortress at the speed of light. As usual, a member of the Cabinet was under suspicion.
One of Sir Humphrey’s army is supposed to have set a trap for the cabinet leaker. Information on the fate of the Budget hot potato – the tourism and hospitality tax – was fed to the suspect.

Despite the Outrageous Spin, this was Still an Axeman’s Budget

It is not a bad stunt to paint hot pursuit as a mission of mercy. Yet that is what Messrs Noonan and Howlin attempted last Tuesday. The spin on the Budget was stunning, even by political standards.

Angela Merkel won’t go to the wall for this country

German chancellor will sacrifice Ireland’s needs if that is what it takes to form a government, writes Shane Ross

THE German chancellor’s most likely coalition partners, the Social Democratic Party (SPD), are threatening to torpedo the Irish economic recovery as the price of an agreement with Angela.

The German left-wingers believe that Angela has been soft on Ireland. They are demanding that any more concessions from Germany should be met by Ireland giving up its sacred 12.5 per cent corporate tax rate.

Virtual budgets get it all so wrong

MICHAEL Noonan’s Budget speech will be bad enough, but at least it will be the real McCoy. OK, it will be misery masked by Michael’s magic dust, but it will not be fantasy. It will hurt.

If I had two Budget wishes, my first would be to escape Michael’s measures. A close second would be to duck the dozens of ‘alternative’ budgets that have bombarded TDs in recent weeks.

Stage Now Set for Rise of the New Political Order

The Irish people are thinking for themselves. How very inconvenient for the Government. Yesterday’s referendum should have been a walk in the park for the Yes side. Few arguments could have been easier to make: a rotten, elitist, unelected House was offered for the chop. Nothing was more obvious than that the disillusioned Irish people would send all those overpaid, irrelevant senators packing. (more…)

Noonan’s Last Budget Draws Near?

WILL Finance Minister Michael Noonan deliver his final Budget in nine days’ time?

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has promised a reshuffle next year. His Finance Minister could be the first casualty of a Cabinet cull. (more…)