In the suitable setting of the Chartered Accountants House on Pearse Street, Mr. Cummiskey gathered his Fifth and Sixth Year Economic students for a ‘Budget Breakfast’, courtesy of Grant Thornton. Over his years of teaching Economics at St. Conleth’s, Mr. Cummiskey has always kept at least one eye on the ‘real world’ economy, supplementing the students’ textbooks with copious cuttings from the Irish Times, the Economist, the Wall Street Journal and, for some light relief, the Guardian. An annual trip downtown on Budget Day is part and parcel to his attempt to keep his students from getting too ‘macro’ in their studies. And, of course, getting served up complimentary pastries by a big financial firm is a loss leader with which we can live! Minister Donohoe’s first budget was the main course of the breakfast but there was plenty of expert analysis and discussion as starters, including the views of guest speaker Ronan Lyons, Economist at Trinity College Dublin and author of the Daft.ie reports, who presented an overview of the impact of the budget on the wider economy.