Sunday 17 December 2017

'Biting off your nose to spite your face is rarely a good strategy'

This Government's ongoing aim is to get the country working again, writes Tourism Minister Leo Varadkar

Leo Varadkar

It took 10 years of greed and misgovernment to plunge Ireland into crisis, and it will take a lot more than 10 months to turn it around.

The media tends to focus on the latest controversy, whether it's government advisers or the audacity (or insensitivity depending on your viewpoint) of the Minister for Tourism encouraging people to holiday in Ireland in the week before a tough Budget!

However, it's not often that the Government's record is considered in the round. The IMF/EU agreement has been renegotiated. We have saved €10bn for taxpayers by negotiating lower interest rates. Negotiations on further debt reductions are ongoing.

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