Wednesday 7 December 2016

Let's not tax the best talent out of Ireland

Published 30/09/2013 | 05:00

OUR best and brightest are being driven to emigrate by a number of factors and high taxation is one of the most prominent among these. That is the assessment of Transport Minister Leo Varadkar talking to our political correspondent today. Mr Varadkar, one of our younger politicians, is talking good sense and his call to focus on taxation reform is most welcome.

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The Minister's words come as we prepare to ease our way out of the economic bailout imposed upon us in 2010 by the fecklessness of previous governments. It is also five years to the day since the contentious government decision to guarantee bank deposits up to €100,000, a date fixed in many people's minds as the start of the nation's economic misfortune.

There are many reasons to hope that our darkest days are behind us. So, it is a good time to reflect and forward plan.

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