Irish Budget day dawns…

It’s unusual in modern times for the UK and Irish budgets to appear within weeks of each other. But today Brian Lenihan gives the supplementary budget he said he wasn’t going to Here’s Dan’s summation of his last effort, Paddy’s thoughts and my own round up. This time they’ll be joined in the follow up by a Labour perspective from Conall and, we hope, a guest blog from a Fianna Fail representative. And our last live blog is here, which has a nice little punt from Fergus O’Rourke suggesting: “I don’t think this is the last of the bad budgets. Next year’s is going to be worse!” At 3.45 this afternoon, we get instalment 1b of the 2009 budget… And no one thinks it is going to be pretty… If you want to guess the shape and the weight, check out the P.ie compoSuzy will be live blogging it, as will we here below… Hastags: #bludget (and #budget I guess)…

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