Monday March 30, 2020

Can they stand firm?

The government’s position is not enviable – in the autumn, it will cut social spending while simultaneously bailing out the banks, writes Pat Leahy, Political Editor

25th July, 2009

As the sweeping recommendations of the Bord Snip report are digested across the political system and the public service, politics and public debate in Ireland are entering a bitter and divisive phase.

Just listen to the terms used on the airwaves: attack, assault, cruel, savage, slash and burn. This mood will be heightened in autumn, when the process to decide which cuts will be implemented and where they will hit gets under way in earnest.

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