Santa isn’t coming to town
The speculation about what might or might not be in Paschal Donohoe’s stocking starts so early these days that it’s almost as if the Budget is like Christmas — but only if Santa came down the chimney once a year to leave presents, before helping himself to the rest of your stuff for the next 12 months to pay for it.
This year the Minister of Finance has more than €3bn to play with. Unfortunately, most of it has already been allocated to public sector pay rises, because... well, who knows? It probably seemed a good idea at the time.
There are also suggestions that, when he gets to his feet in the Dail this week, Donohoe will unveil a new “bed tax” targeted at tourists. Cead Mile Failte, indeed. Maybe he’s just trying to put off President Trump from dropping in any time soon. Whatever happens on Tuesday, just be grateful the Budget will, for a few hours at least, stop us all talking about that other dreaded B word — Brexit. Enjoy the respite while it lasts.