Thursday 23 February 2017

Next government has chance to build a fair, just society

Fr Sean Healy

'Any approach prioritising the economy over other areas will not result in a society that is balanced or fair'
'Any approach prioritising the economy over other areas will not result in a society that is balanced or fair'

The next government has a unique opportunity to develop a programme for government that will move Ireland towards being a society characterised by solidarity and fairness. While the last five years have been focused on rescuing the economy, this Dáil's programme should be focused on delivering five key outcomes: a vibrant economy; decent services and infrastructure; just taxation; good governance; and sustainability. Each of these outcomes is essential if Ireland is to have a just and fairer future.

To move towards such a future that is just and fair, we must recognise that these five areas are interdependent and should be addressed simultaneously.

One of the lessons we should learn from recent years is that economic benefits do not automatically trickle down.

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