IRISH FREE STATE: Surplus

Proudest man in the Irish Free State last week was Ernest Blythe, Minister of Finance since 1923, Vice President of the Executive Council since 1927. Shrewdly waiting until fortnight after the British budget was read, he announced his budget last week. In the second year of World Depression, with formidable deficits facing the governments of Great Britain, Italy, Germany, the U. S., Australia, Argentina, etc., etc., Finance Minister Blythe was able to announce that the Irish budget for 1931-32 balances easily at £24,661,000 ($123,305,000). Taxation yields for the past year have exceeded...

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