Where are the benefits in this ad hoc decentralisation?

The 'decentralisation' announcement made by the former minister for finance, Charlie McCreevy, as an addendum to his budget speech of December 2003 was a surprise.

21st May, 2005

The 'decentralisation' announcement made by the former minister for finance, Charlie McCreevy, as an addendum to his budget speech of December 2003 was a surprise.

The international community was surprised because the term ‘decentralisation' was so incorrectly used to describe something else: a programme of relocation of public servants and dispersal of central government.

There was even more surprise nationally that such an important initiative should be announced as part of a budget speech -...

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