Monday 26 June 2017

Government pats itself on the back but is it deserved?

The Government has survived its first half-year in in office. Dan O'Brien assesses the administration's progress report on itself, published on Thursday

Consumer spending grew by 0.7pc in the third quarter of the year
Consumer spending grew by 0.7pc in the third quarter of the year
Dan O'Brien

Dan O'Brien

'To make people's lives better in every part of Ireland." That is the "one simple objective" the Government has, according the minority administration's 20-page progress report on its record over the past half year.

The report, which was published last Thursday, got almost no coverage in the media. That is perhaps understandable - journalists rightly tend to be sceptical when politicians hail their own achievements.

But as the administration is committed to doing half-yearly report cards on itself, it is worth considering what it has to say about the big issues and challenges it faces. These include managing the economy, addressing the housing crisis and containing industrial unrest in the public sector.

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