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Brendan Howlin, Minister for Public Expenditure and Michael Noonan (left) at government buildings this afternoon.

(Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie)

26 thoughts on “On His Feet

  1. louislefronde

    50 cents extra on a pack of smokes that costs €10.

    Great, I guess I’ll just buy them from the organised criminal gangs who sell them on Moore Street for €5.

  2. scottser

    so they give you a few bob now, and already they have a raft of measures lined up to nick it back off you next year.

      1. scottser

        it’s always cheaper to book a cheap flight to spain and bring home a few kilos than pay for tobacco here.

  3. louislefronde

    I’ve just calculated that I have €11 of my own money extra every week. Enough to buy one packet of smokes, and about 5 minutes parking on Merrion Square?

  4. Mr. T.

    Howlin the patsy, doing his little cap doffing jig. Like a little court jester.

    Noonan must think he’s a fool.

  5. louislefronde

    @Neilo. Maybe I would have been better off, never going to college getting a reasonable job, and instead I could be one of the 40,000 who now pay nothing in income tax (the political clients) and get all the benefits?

    The Budget, it’s all about buying votes….with taxes from the middle class.

    PLUS ÇA CHANGE, PLUS C’EST LA MÊME CHOSE.

  6. Spaghetti Hoop

    It’s supposed to be about keeping the country afloat, the lights on and the books balanced….but this Budget just stinks of election-buying.

    1. louislefronde

      Those type of stunts might have worked in the past when the level of education was lower, but the electorate are more sophisticated than the politicians ever give them credit for. In truth we all know that the smart and ambitious do not go into politics, so is it any surprise we have the usual conservative duffers and trust-fund socialists inhabiting the oireachtas?

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