New Year, new us – our country can begin again
We have it in our power to begin the world over again, wrote Thomas Paine. On New Year's Eve, with an election in the offing, both reflection on closure and the anticipation of a new start hangs in the air.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has a firm grip on the reins with a view towards going to the country shortly. The Government may look back with some sense of achievement. Fine Gael has garnered the credit, Labour the blame - if the opinion polls are correct. Both parties ought to expect a share of both. The axis of Michael Noonan in finance and Brendan Howlin marshalling expenditure has restored stability and direction.
With the prospect of reasonable pay rises and a weak euro - and continued quantitative easing in the EU - growth should continue into 2016.