Saturday August 15, 2020

The IFAC report: A moment that requires real political courage

The Ifac’s reality check on the economy will be ignored as usual, by politicians protesting that ‘political realities’ tie their hands

Ian Guider

Markets Editor

@ianguider
16th June, 2019

The mild-mannered delivery by UCC economist Seamus Coffey understated the seriousness of the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council (Ifac)’s latest reality check on the economy. Coffey, Ifac’s chair, presented an unprecedented critique of the government’s management of the public finances. Not only is the state now increasingly reliant on the tax revenues of large multinational companies (just ten account for almost half of all corporation tax receipts), the country was also failing to keep a grip...

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