Wednesday May 27, 2020

Cathal Mac Coille: Next government needs to under-promise when it comes to recovery

The state can’t possibly meet the demands of every sector hit by the virus – especially when we don’t know what a post-Covid world will look like

10th May, 2020
Micheál Martin and Leo Varadkar; with appeals for aid growing rapidly, there will be tough decisions to be made for the next government. Picture: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Appeals for government aid for every sector of the economy are growing rapidly. A Dáil debate on tourism last Wednesday gave a broad indication of the hard choices facing the outgoing, or next, government. Hard, that is, because no level of borrowing could fund the scale of assistance now being called for.

During the two-hour debate, TDs called for a prolonged waiver on commercial rates, the subsidising of local authorities to compensate for...

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