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Matt Cooper: Contentious tax commission report will likely just join the others gathering dust

Recommendations that require tough and unpopular decisions are diluted or ignored at the best of times, never mind on our current wartime footing

It was notable the warmth with which Britain’s new king, Charles III, interacted with Sinn Féin’s Michelle O’Neill and Alex Maskey. Picture: Pool/AFP/Getty

The release of the latest Commission on Taxation report brought my mind back to the publication of a previous one in 2009. Back then, the impact of what would be subsequently called the Great Recession was only starting to take hold, but the government’s tax revenues were collapsing at an alarming speed.

Brian Lenihan, then minister for finance, sat in front of me in The Last Word studio as I asked him about the implementation ...