Saturday January 18, 2020

Coalition goes back to school with election on the horizon

Pat Leahy and Michael Brennan look at the major issues that will dominate the coalition’s thoughts between now and the general election

17th January, 2015
The leaders of the coalition face a year of hard choices Picture: Photocall

Seeking to keep the focus firmly on using the proceeds of the economic recovery to ease the impact of seven years of austerity, the coalition last week returned to Dáil business after the Christmas break.

The back-to-school week featured a few events and trends that are likely to reappear repeatedly throughout the crucial political year ahead:

■ There were newspaper leaks of possible spending initiatives by the government: in this case, plans to...

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