Saturday, 24th February 2018
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Although there were new taxes on sugary drinks in this most recent budget it didn't stop the budget from picking up the nickname of the 'Dollymixture' budget due to the small but sweet aspects that it encompassed.

This might have been Pascal O'Donoghue's first budget but he appeared to be at ease when delivering it, his speech being a flowing mixture of incentives and taxes on the old reliables. In fact there were so many incentives to such a large amount of individual groups that some commentators were immediately calling it an election budget. Though if the supply and the confidence agreement between Fianna Fail and Fine Gael continues though next year the present Government will have at least one more budget to get through the Dail. While there was no chance that this budget was going to have any serious difficulties in getting through given the semi-partnership between the two main parties that doesn't mean to say that on the day the two were singing entirely from the same hymn sheet. Fianna Fail opened up it's criticism by saying that the day of the budget was also the International Day of Homelessness and openly criticised the Government of it's whole handling of the homelessness scandal here in Ireland which has seen for the first time ever over 3,000 children being on the homelessness registers. It was an easy shot for Fianna Fail considering that much of the budget considered itself with the housing crisis.

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