Thursday 23 March 2017

A real leader would dare to prioritise public services over pay restoration

As we approach the formation of a budget, the central question facing all political parties and vested interests is: Which should have priority, pay restoration or service restoration?
As we approach the formation of a budget, the central question facing all political parties and vested interests is: Which should have priority, pay restoration or service restoration?

Eddie Molloy

When I contacted travel writer and consultant Eoghan Corry to check if I had heard him correctly on radio saying that there were one million visits from Ireland to Spain in the past year, he said: "No, it was 1.3 million visits, and new figures due soon from Spanish tourism authorities are expected to show the numbers rising to 1.4 million and possibly even 1.5 million."

Early signs that the good times appeared to be back were the purchase of 400,000 tickets to see Garth Brooks, and since then new car sales have soared. Now it looks like we are all beginning to party again, refilling the punch-bowl - with wines sales up by a million cases. Sounds familiar?

It is entirely up to each person how they spend their own hard-earned money, but is it good government to return to the populist economic policies that caused the recent collapse of the public finances, with its catastrophic consequences for everyone, especially poor and otherwise disadvantaged people?

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