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Editorial: Crises can’t be used by government to abandon checks and balances around spending
While the government has had to spend billions of euro on emergency supports, it is concerning that Dáil oversight rules were ignored as large sums of money were transferred between government departments
The past three years have changed the rules around government spending and intervention. The Covid-19 pandemic, followed by Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine and the subsequent energy price crisis, has forced the government to spend billions of euro in emergency supports.
Nobody can deny those interventions were necessary. Both the pandemic and the energy price shock have created unprecedented challenges for the state. At the same time, such once-off crises do not mean the government ...