Stephen Kinsella: Free education, free water - but at a cost

Stephen Kinsella: Free education, free water - but at a cost
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Large-scale social initiatives are great ideas in theory, but we need to become much more rigorous about the maths

It was a media circus. The year was 1966. The announcement was totally unexpected. The new Minister of Education’s announcement in September of free second level education and free school transport caught everyone by surprise.

Donogh O’Malley announced his government’s new policy at a seminar hosted by the National Union of Journalists, so he was pretty sure he’d get column inches.

Almost no one in his government had heard of this proposal...

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