Division Bell: Fixing pension crisis needs new politics

Everyone knows the pension system is broken, but fixing it will require politicians to think about good government, not just good politics, writes Pat Leahy.

22nd June, 2013
Labour, as the party doesn't really like to recall, was the first party to offer tax cuts during the 2007 general election campaign.

One of the characteristics of Irish politics has been a great degree of agreement among the main parties on most policy issues. Even during the boomiest periods of the boom, neither Labour nor Fine Gael were offering a distinctively different policy platform from Fianna Fáil - for the twin reasons that not alone did Fianna Fáil's 'Showtime' approach to government appear to be working rather well, but it was also proving very popular with the...

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