Pat Leahy: The wind is at our back, but will the government have the collective strength of character to resist giveaway election politics?

The CSO’s numbers were greeted with something approaching elation in Government Buildings.

21st September, 2014
Prudence in times of plenty and planning sensibly for the long term are not things that Irish governments have been good at.

The most significant political news last week was not the return of the Dáil and its consequent resumption of political skirmishing but, rather, the Central Statistics Office (CSO) numbers on the economy that showed the growing strength of the recovery.

The CSO’s numbers were greeted with something approaching elation in Government Buildings, followed by the realisation that they would make the political task of maintaining budgetary discipline harder and more complicated.

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