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Saturday 23 August 2014

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Eilis O'Hanlon: State will pick up tab in end as more quit health policies 

It could have been worse. Previous ones have been worse. Some of the rhetoric since Michael Noonan rose to speak on Budget Day may have made it sound as if Christmas had come early, in the wrong way, with the Minister for Finance standing in for Scrooge; but the fact is that we're broke, and about to be going it alone again, and the public spending levels that we maintained during the Celtic Tiger era are unsustainable and have to be tackled.


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