Sunday 11 December 2016

Letters: An omission of facts in blind defence of austerity policies

Published 24/05/2014 | 02:30

Philippe Legrain: former adviser to Jose Manuel Barroso
Philippe Legrain: former adviser to Jose Manuel Barroso

In his blind defence of the austerity policies of the Government, Anthony Leavy (Letters, May 22) ignores some glaring facts.

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His somewhat worrying claim that those who oppose such austerity measures blame "foreigners" for bankrupting the country is completely absurd. Without doubt, the policies pursued by the Government and supported by the Opposition during the boom played a major part in our economic implosion.

However, as has been acknowledged by Phillipe Legrain, EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso's former adviser, the treatment of Ireland by the EU was "outrageous" and amounted to "bullying".

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