The first government website below studiously avoids giving last years' figures for comparison with this years' in case readers might realise that cuts in spending endlessly talked up by politicians and others have not happened.
For example,according to the Irish Times "On the spending side, total net voted expenditure, at €33.2 billion in September, was €338 million (1.0 per cent) ahead of projections. In year-on-year terms, net voted expenditure is €105 million (0.3 per cent) below the same period in 2011."
So despite all the talk,the cuts are negligible year-to-year. Generally,current government spending is still increasing,offset by cuts in government capital projects that mostly hit the private sector.What the government means by cuts is pretended cuts in pretended future spending increases that would have occured had the good times lasted.
The December budget likely will shaft taxpayers yet again as current spending continues to increase but diminishing returns in taxes should set in soon. As an ex bond fund manager at giant Pimco observed in the Kilkennomics festival about Ireland's capacity to repay debt,you can't get blood out of a stone.