Wednesday 21 February 2018

Coalition 'needs new vision on policies'

Colin Gleeson

THE Government's policy-making has been guided by "false assumptions" and needs "new vision", according to a new report.

Social Justice Ireland's 'Socio-Economic Review 2010' is a 250-page book that details where Ireland is today, how it got there, and what needs to be done to move the country to a "more desirable vision".

Social Justice Ireland director Fr Sean Healy said last night the book was designed to "guide policy-making for the new vision of Ireland's future".

The key message in the book is that the Government has been forming policy based on "false assumptions".

The main mistake, Fr Healy said, was the "unrelenting emphasis" on economic growth "above all else".

Other "false assumptions", according to the review, include the belief that "the benefits of economic growth would trickle down automatically", and that "low taxation was good".

He added that an assumption had been made that reducing taxes was "far better" than investing in improving infrastructure and services.

The book will be presented to every government minister and the social partners during the coming days, and is on sale for €15.

Irish Independent

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