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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