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If we want a serious climate policy, we need to accept the costs and trade-offs

Colm McCarthy


The Government has some fine aspirations on climate but has failed to tackle the realpolitik of actually achieving them

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A post-Covid strategy for economic policy is already in formation. The Government is reviewing the 2040 National Development Plan (NDP) and a revised version is due mid-year. The NDP, released early in 2018, is the framework for public capital investment out to 2040.

It requires modifications to accommodate the ambitions of the programme for government agreed on formation of the Fianna Fáil/Fine Gael/Green Coalition last year. It must also acknowledge the financial realities - the budget must be placed on a sustainable medium-term trajectory when the Department of Finance releases the Stability Programme Update, due in April.


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