Sunday 4 December 2016

Long road to recovery after kicking in the local elections

Published 09/07/2014 | 02:30

Finance spokesman Michael Noonan
Finance spokesman Michael Noonan

LET'S face the realities of political life. This process of government renewal and cabinet re-shuffle is about which of the two parties gets credit for good things which may happen between now and a general election due in spring 2016 at the latest.

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The Taoiseach and Tanaiste are not engaged in re-negotiation – what they are about is prioritisation, re-orientation and that great fall-back of all beleaguered politicians: the need to better communicate the message.

There is the hope that the current creditable level of job creation can continue. If Labour get their way and win at least a slice of the coveted Jobs and Enterprise portfolio, surely such a change will come with two big Fine Gael provisos attached.

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