Sunday 4 December 2016

Winners and losers alike are served up the same reheated mistakes of the past

Published 07/05/2016 | 02:30

'Data from the OECD and elsewhere suggests the Irish health system delivers the worst value for money of any advanced country except the United States' (stock photo)
'Data from the OECD and elsewhere suggests the Irish health system delivers the worst value for money of any advanced country except the United States' (stock photo)

The more things change, the more they stay the same, someone once wisely said. The agreement to support - up to a point - a minority government led by Fine Gael is indeed a historic change. The contents of what it intends to do look wearily familiar.

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Michael Healy-Rae hit the nail when he commented: "What took them so long?" The answer is probably water, but not much more need be said about that. The two major parties have capitulated completely to a minority campaign and the grandchildren that minority used to fuss over will suffer the consequences.

When it comes to economic and financial policies, the agreements seem little more than warmed-up, shortened versions of the election manifestos - and they were pretty stale confections to begin with.

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