Brian Keegan: Would age-specific taxation help to halt Ireland’s brain drain?

As a country, we consistently ask the wrong questions about our industrial and investment policy

Farewell to our brightest and best: we have issues with the retention of qualified talent in this country. Picture: Paul Blow

The current row over turf tells us much about Ireland’s body politic, and it isn’t a good story. Bad policy does damage, but we don’t have enough politicians with sufficient ambition for their constituents to do it a better way. Surely, the real question is why any citizen of one of the wealthiest countries in the world has to rely on turf to heat their homes.

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