Public sector deal is just an acceptance of economic reality

When the present government acts against its own political interests and takes difficult but necessary action on the public finances, it deserves credit.

3rd March, 2013

Our country was almost destroyed economically by a political leadership which was short-sighted, populist and usually unwilling to take decisions which would alienate powerful lobbies and which would cost it votes at elections.

Those lobbies bear some of the responsibility. So too do the voters who responded so enthusiastically to Fianna Fáil's pandering. But the biggest culprit was a political culture that rewarded poor leadership and actively mitigated against good government.

So when...

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