Sunday 22 January 2017

Government was too timid in taking on interest groups to benefit everyone

Published 28/01/2016 | 02:30

Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton’s Coalition enjoys the largest Dáil majority in the history of the State. Picture credit: Damien Eagers
Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton’s Coalition enjoys the largest Dáil majority in the history of the State. Picture credit: Damien Eagers

The election campaign is about to begin. No better time, then, to attempt an assessment of the Government's economic management over the past five years. Given the Coalition partners are putting their handling of the economy front and centre in their case for re-election, such an assessment is all the more relevant.

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What were the successes and the failures? What was done, what was partially done, and what was not even attempted?

Did ministers drive their departmental agendas, take timely decisions, implement needed reforms and steer legislation through the Oireachtas where that was necessary?

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