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One of Enda Kenny's favourite phrases since he became Taoiseach has been ''never again.

22nd June, 2014
The primacy of political need over economic reality is a slippery slope.

One of Enda Kenny’s favourite phrases since he became Taoiseach has been “never again”.

“Never again”, he has repeatedly declared, will bad government be allowed to damage the country’s interests as it did in the years before 2008, when lax financial regulation combined with fiscal incontinence in government combined to make Ireland’s pain from the great financial bust the most severe in the world.

But that...

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