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We need to make real cuts -- or the IMF will

Labour's desire to get something done is most welcome but there are many other targets to be achieved, writes Daniel McConnell

Published 01/05/2011 | 05:00

Almost two years on from its publication, Colm McCarthy's Bord Snip report lies abandoned and unimplemented.

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Its purpose was to "examine current expenditure programmes in each government department and make recommendations for reducing public service numbers so as to ensure a return to sustainable public finances".

While it was a rather crude cost-cutting exercise, McCarthy's report was the best attempt to date at a clinical assessment of how this State is run.

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