Thursday 8 December 2016

The orchestra is new but it's forced to play the same old policy blues

Despite the hope and promises, examining the Programme for Government shows it is still Europe and the IMF calling the tune, says Ronald Quinlan

Published 13/03/2011 | 05:00

NEW STRINGS TO THE BOW: Enda Kenny's new Cabinet. Photo: Collins
NEW STRINGS TO THE BOW: Enda Kenny's new Cabinet. Photo: Collins

THE Government for National Recovery 2011-2016. That's what Fine Gael and the Labour Party call their new Programme for Government.

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But just how much of it is really new? On the issue that matters most, ie the economy, not that much if truth be told. Indeed, an inspection of the grandly titled document 'Government for National Recovery 2011-2016' agreed between the coalition partners throws up much that will be familiar to former Finance Minister Brian Lenihan, to our so-called partners in the EU and to our new overlords at the IMF.

In the precis that follows, the Sunday Independent casts a cold eye on the new Government's economic plans, dispenses with its waffle and identifies the proposals Ireland is already bound to in the €85bn 'bailout' agreed with the EU and IMF last December.

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