Privatisation of state assets in Ireland is politically toxic. It has been that way for years and, to judge by last week's announcement about a wave of state sell-offs, its poisonousness is still there.
The government announced a limited programme of sales, backed off from the controversial ESB part-privatisation, and didn't really give dates for when any of this will happen.
Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin announced the government's intention to sell Bord Gáis...
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