Tuesday 24 January 2017

Don't blame last government for Fianna Fáil's mistakes

Published 13/05/2016 | 02:30

'Bertie Ahern's governments made decisions that bankrupted the country'
'Bertie Ahern's governments made decisions that bankrupted the country'

Reading your letters page of May 9 reminded me of the fact that we all tend to have very short memories.

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John Fitzgerald tells us about the "cutting of €12m from the State's mental health budget for 2016". Concetto La Malfa tells us about curing the HSE's "unsustainable deficiencies". Fred Molloy tells us about "Irish Water drowning in a sea of its own mistakes". All of that and much more was framed in terms of what Mr Molloy called putting right all that was wrong with the "last five years of governance".

That ignores the fact that the problems listed, and indeed many more of our present-day problems, have causes which go back much further than the last five years.

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