Beyond the 'emergency', there's no vision for life in normal times
Ministers are talking about declaring the financial crisis over, so what's next?
Decades after World War II ended, legislation brought in specifically to provide special powers to the State in time of war was still on the statute books, albeit in amended form.
'The Emergency', as the war was euphemistically referred to from 1939 to 1945, wasn't actually declared over by the then government until 1946.
Brendan Howlin has raised the flag of the end of the latter day 'emergency' - the financial crisis which has engulfed the country for the past six years. "A day will arrive when the emergency no longer exists," the Public Expenditure minister says.