When politics and economics collide

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There is a great contradiction at the heart of the government’s economic strategy

The two-day National Economic Dialogue last week at Dublin Castle underlined the central role that the economy will increasingly assume in political debate as the general election approaches. But it also demonstrated the difficulties that the Fine Gael/Labour coalition will have in translating economic growth into political support.

With economic growth providing the government with the resources to do the sort of things that politicians like to do because they make them popular –...

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