Monday February 17, 2020

Pat Rabbitte: Voters should be careful what they wish for

Does anybody seriously think the small parties’ proposals are workable?

21st February, 2016
Will voters be voting in Gerry Adams on Friday? Picture:

Imagine the following scenario. Taoiseach Enda Kenny goes to Áras an Uachtaráin to ask President Michael D Higgins to dissolve the 31st Dáil. On his return from the Phoenix Park, the leaders of the two government parties hold a press conference. They announce that they will not repeal the emergency tax, known as the USC; that they will continue austerity conditions generally for another five years; and that whatever resources that become available will be...

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