Ireland has a huge welfare dependency- and the squeezed middle has to pay for it

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By Eamon Delaney This week we saw a damning assessment by the Government itself on our massive welfare dependency in Ireland. According to the Department of Finance paper, we’ve become a welfare nation ‘overly dependent’ on state payments compared to other countries: almost every person in Ireland benefits, directly or indirectly, from some form of social welfare payment which amounts … Read More

Fine Gael are doing exactly what they accused Charlie McCreevy of doing

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By Cormac Lucey The latest IMF report on the Irish economy passed by with little remark. That reflects an economy back on its own two feet and no longer dependent on external support. Nonetheless, the Washington DC-based organisation argues that the key policy challenge is to harness Ireland’s strong economic momentum to avoid a new boom-bust cycle, and to bolster … Read More

With massive pensions liability ahead, Paschal’s sums simply do not add up

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By Cormac Lucey Three questions arise from budget 2018. The first is whether there is a fair balance between proposed spending increases and tax cuts, and in my view there isn’t. Government spending has been allowed to keep growing even in areas where it is already excessive. The health budget has risen by 4.6 per cent though spending per head … Read More

Rejected by left and right, where now for an unreconstructed Sinn Fein?

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Eamon Delaney in The Times.ie In the Dail last week, the Taoiseach gave a lengthy and effective put down to the Deputy leader of Sinn Fein, Mary Lou MacDonald, after she complained that Fine Gael – and ‘your Fianna Fail friends’, in a recognition of the cosy ‘new politics’ ! – did nothing for families rearing children. It was the … Read More