Budget Day is all about short-term changes to catch the eye while ignoring longer-term plans to address bigger picture

EACH year on Budget Day I ask a similar question — why do we cram so many economic changes into a single day?

Just a few issues catch sufficient media and public attention to get proper scrutiny, but the rest just goes by in a blur.

Finance minister Paschal Donohoe and Public Expenditure minister Michael McGrath


Finance minister Paschal Donohoe and Public Expenditure minister Michael McGrathCredit: PA:Press Association

The Government’s insistence on increasing carbon taxes “per ton” is

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White House staff, Secret Service eye virus with fear, anger

“My heart goes out to everyone touched by this virus, from those at the White House, especially the Secret Service and residence staff whose service ought never be taken for granted, to all those names and stories most of us will unfortunately never know,” tweeted former first lady Michelle Obama.

Trump, still contagious, has made clear that he has little intention of abiding by best containment practices.

As he arrived

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With an eye on a tight Florida race Trump announces new restrictions on Cuban hotels, cigars and rum

President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced a new series of economic sanctions on Cuba that ban US citizens from buying Cuban cigars as well as rum and staying at Cuban government-owned hotels on the communist-run island.

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie

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“Today, as part of our continuing fight against communist oppression, I am announcing that the Treasury Department will prohibit US travelers from staying at properties owned by the Cuban government,”

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With eye on Florida, Trump tightens Cuba travel restrictions

President Donald Trump announced tighter travel and trade controls on Cuba Wednesday, as he battles for the support of voters in the heavily Cuban battleground state of Florida ahead of the November 3 election.

Trump said US travelers to the Caribbean island would not be able to stay at government-owned hotels and would not be able to bring back Cuban rum and cigars in their checked bags.

“These actions will

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