Sunday February 23, 2020

Now election silly season is over, let’s talk economic reality

Promises were made, but the truth is that our best-laid plans could easily be overturned by international events outside our control

9th February, 2020
Micheál Martin, Leo Varadkar and Mary Lou McDonald during last week’s RTÉ leaders' debate. Parties’ spending projections were predicated on the heroic assumptions that overall economic growth would continue. Picture: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Now that the voting is over for Election 2020 – and we’ve heard all of the political promises on what the new government might do with our money – it‘s time to return to some realistic talk about the future of our economy . . . and how international events outside of our control could render much of what we’ve heard as nonsense.

All of the spending projections and tax returns were predicated...

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