Ian Guider: We should follow Uncle Sam’s example to boost spending

If we’re going to use public funds to get people spending more money when the economy fully reopens, let’s make it easy for them to do so

18th April, 2021
Ian Guider: We should follow Uncle Sam’s example to boost spending
A busy Grafton Street in Dublin last September: if we are determined to get the domestic economy going this summer, the state is going to have to go on a splurge itself to help it along

Ireland’s economy has avoided many of the ravages suffered by other countries in the past year in the face of the pandemic. The impact has been cushioned by the presence here of tech and pharmaceutical giants which have thrived, even as the coronavirus wreaked havoc

But while the official gross domestic product (GDP) stats look impressive, the real economy has been severely damaged. A better sense of what is happening is reflected in...

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