Thursday 23 February 2017

Long road to recovery after kicking in the local elections

John Downing

John Downing

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.

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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