Most of you will recall the FG pre election slogan in 2016- “Keep the recovery going”. Budget 2018 was precisely about just that- a crude stimulus measure where most people got less than 1% extra per year in take home pay. Using the pretext of “prudent economic management” and misleading concern about the level of national debt, the Government have opted to devote much less resources to overcome the housing crisis and tackling the interminable funding and management issue in health, than it can actually afford. On Budget Day, I debated the key issues on Today with Sean O’ Rourke. You can listen here
More Budget analysis to follow next week.