Sunday 30 April 2017

Ireland cannot afford such poor leadership any more

The public finances show little sign of recovery while the jobless are viewed as mere cannon fodder, writes Daniel McConnell

It's Thursday night and I'm outside the Palace Bar on Fleet Street, sinking a pint or two with my best mate Tony, who is just after moving home from London to take a job in the family accountancy firm.

I like the Palace and it is the perfect spot for a catch-up. For the first time in over five years, we were able to meet up casually after work for a drink and a laugh. A simple thing but it's the kind of thing you miss when your mate is overseas.

But the striking thing was that in less than an hour, no fewer than 10 beggars and junkies solicited us for spare change.

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