Meanwhile, At The Budget Oversight Committee



Finance Minister Michael Noonan before the Oireachtas Budget Oversight Committee this morning

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan is appearing before the Oireachtas Budget Oversight Committee this morning ahead of Budget Day on October 11.

From the meeting…

Noonan to phase out USC over five years (RTE)

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35 thoughts on “Meanwhile, At The Budget Oversight Committee

    1. DominoDub

      He is only just out of Hospital due to a nasty Skin Condition …poor guy is looking more and more like emperor palatine.

  1. Robert

    Absolute nonsense. There absolutely was a demand for iPhones but none of the manufacturers were getting it right. The closest near contender I can remember at the time was the Nokia N91 – gleefully touted as a portable computer – and in fairness it was reasonably good, for the time. Jobs’ genius was to see there was a market there that was underserved due to the walled-garden nature of the telecomms industry, and he bust that bad-boy right open. Similar pattern with iPod, iTunes and the music industry (and “not so” with watches). Market “disruption” at its finest.

    1. _d_a_n_

      I think the point is that there is no real correlation between the iPhone example and housing. But don’t let that get in the way of you lauding Lord Jobs.

    2. Anomanomanom

      Apple invited none of those things, just great marketing made them seem cool. The first iPod was good till you bought any mp3 player fir 1/3 of the price and realised the i-everything was just good marketing.

      1. Kieran NYC

        That’s an EU rule afaik. Always gets mentioned this time of year with the high-tech chislers in school these days

    1. Cian

      Seen as non-oral medicines when legalised probably (which have VAT due to a perception that cosmetics would make medical claims)

      Was reduced to 13.5% not that long ago. That condoms are available free if you bother finding out where and that most unprotected sex happens when drunk (spending money) or by choice means he’s probably right; but that still isn’t an excuse for keeping the VAT

  2. Sheik Yahbouti

    Tony, I often wonder, if these guys are committed Christians as so many of them trumpet that they are, are they not terrified in those days and months before they go to face judgment? BTW I am not including Mr. Noonan in that remark, as Satan could well be his Lord, for all I know. (in fact, it’s pretty likely).

    1. Tony

      If not Noonan, who are you referring to? And please be less oblique. Spit it out. Or maybe you were just dribbling in which case, as you were.

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