Saturday 25 March 2017

New Government is unconvincing on finances

Lots of spending commitments and vagueness about tax raise doubts about the Programme for Government

Shane Ross pictured with Michael D Higgins and Enda Kenny Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin
Shane Ross pictured with Michael D Higgins and Enda Kenny Photo: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin
Dan O'Brien

Dan O'Brien

'The 32nd Dail is diverse but not fragmented." So states the new Programme for Government. It is a nonsense statement, of which there are plenty more in the blueprint for how the country is to be run over the next five years.

The degree of fragmentation in the 32nd Dail is unprecedented. No parliament in the world has so many Independents. It is delusional to believe that such 'diversity' can be anything other than a weakness in the complicated business of governing.

That is already in evidence. Last-minute disagreements on a matter of vital national interest - turf-cutting - raised the possibility of the new Government collapsing before it had even been formed.

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