Saturday 21 October 2017

Not everything Sinn Fein says is naive nonsense – but too much doesn't add up

Sinn Fein's finance spokesman Pearse Doherty. Photo: Tom Burke
Sinn Fein's finance spokesman Pearse Doherty. Photo: Tom Burke
Richard Curran

Richard Curran

Sinn Fein is on an upward trajectory. Its success in the local elections showed how hard work at grass-roots level can pay off. Its European successes were more about kicking the Government while also ramming home the idea that there was an alternative to the austerity years.

But the economics behind the Sinn Fein plan look at best shaky and at worst misleading. Could Sinn Fein's proposals have delivered Ireland through the fiscal and economic crisis with less pain for most people? The truth is we may never get to find out.

Unless the Government implodes in the coming months (which can't be ruled out either), it is just one more tough Budget away from practically balancing the Exchequer books.

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