Saturday 24 June 2017

We need an election before the Budget

I wonder if it is possible to stabilise spending with the introduction of the forthcoming budget, whilst being governed by a coalition that is fractured, deemed untrustworthy by the majority of the electorate -- according to opinion polls and the opposition -- and confidence in its leadership is questioned.

In an online article on your website entitled 'Irish budget approval 'urgent'', the need for structural reform and fiscal coalition were outlined as necessary by the EU's Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner, Olli Rehn, in order to have access to a future bailout. Although I agree with the Commissioner's reasoning for the swift introduction and passing of reform, I believe it is a great shame these changes will not be introduced by a government that is thought credible, stable and sustainable.

Tourism Minister Mary Hanafin said this week that she is not so sure if (the Greens) "have the best interests of stability of the country at heart", after leader John Gormley announced their wish for a general election in January.

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