From budgets to borders, we must break free from knee-jerk decision-making

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By Cormac Lucey There was broad dissatisfaction expressed in the country’s opinion pages about the 2019 budget. Very few of those commenting have personal experience of operating inside Ireland’s political system and its constraints. The primary limitation is that every government wants to be re-elected. Decisions are therefore almost inevitably oriented towards sustaining ministers’ political popularity, and this can produce … Read More

Irish Water report shows the cowardice of our political culture

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Eamon Delaney in the Irish Daily Mail (longer version here) This week we saw the publication of reports by two different State-created bodies. One was the Fiscal Advisory Council which warned about increases in public sector pay and about the Government running out of money for capital investment and tax cuts. The other report was from the Expert Commission on … Read More