Sunday 26 March 2017

Policies? 'No money for needy' is only clear one

We embraced largesse with misguided passion and now we are behaving in the same way towards austerity, writes Brendan O'Connor

So we learnt this weekend that, despite the fact Michael Noonan says we are overachieving on the EU/IMF programme, the next round of cuts is apparently going to be deeper, harder, faster. And the results of all this austerity? In June, €4bn fled from Irish banks, growth in the economy is going to be negative this year and not slightly positive as had been predicted, unemployment is going to keep rising, and in general everything is just going swimmingly.

And two snapshots of Ireland last week told us more about the effects all this relentless austerity is having on the country.

The Achieve ABA school for children with autism in Donaghmeade is to close because the Department of Education will not make up the funding shortfall of €100,000 that has developed there. The parents of the eight children who attend the school had been funding the schools themselves by pooling money they raised with the money they got from the State to educate their children at home. It was worth it to them.

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