Sunday 22 January 2017

Fianna Fail should take a swipe at the Government's glass jaw

If the Banking Inquiry told us anything last week, it's that the politicians from all sides let us down

Published 26/07/2015 | 02:30

MAKING HIS POINT: A voice of protest outside the Banking Inquiry. Photo: Tom Burke
MAKING HIS POINT: A voice of protest outside the Banking Inquiry. Photo: Tom Burke
MESSAGE TO BE TAKEN: Micheal Martin should show his troops the footage of the Banking Inquiry, including the testimony of Pat Rabbitte and Joan Burton
Tanaiste Joan Burton
Pat Rabbitte

Enda Kenny was on the back foot and talking economics. Generally, that's a bad combination for this Taoiseach. Thursday morning at the Banking Inquiry was no exception.

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Pearse Doherty was posing the questions. Given Kenny's trenchant criticism of the Fianna Fail government's fiscal policy and its over-concentration on the construction sector, how had Fine Gael proposed to broaden the tax base, to provide more stable revenues, in its 2007 general election manifesto?

Kenny wriggled and waffled about "sound public finances" and a "unrelenting focus on national competitiveness".

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