Monday 23 April 2018

Consensus first step on national recovery path

Crucial cuts must be shared across the entire public service, however painful that may be, writes Marc MacSharry

I am frustrated with the debate on the need for consensus on the economic targets we need to achieve for the next four years, which has been taking place for some weeks. I believe there is such a need and initially called for it in the Seanad more than two weeks ago. By now, it should be well under way.

I can understand how the opposition might be suspicious of any conciliatory approach from the Government, especially if there is an element of confusion over how the approach began or just who, exactly, is backing it, and to what extent.

Whatever about personal interests or party political interests, it is without doubt that a national consensus right now is the best way forward in dealing with our economic problems and is in the national interest.

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