The Last Post: Martin’s ‘build back better’ plan will need stable foundations

Our approach to rebuilding the economy after the financial crash was conservative and unimaginative. Let’s hope for a different strategy as we move beyond the pandemic

Micheál Martin: the Taoiseach wants to ’build back better’. Picture: Julien Behal Photography

Micheál Martin used an interesting phrase at the launch of the national economic recovery plan last Tuesday. The Taoiseach said he didn’t just want to rebuild, but to “build back better”.

He most probably noted how the Fine Gael/Labour coalition of 2011 to 2016 concentrated on restoring things to how they had been before the crash. It was a conservative and unimaginative approach, if understandable, but it failed to address the fact that things went ...