Tuesday 23 May 2017

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

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

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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