Sunday 19 November 2017

Flawed civil service unfit for purpose

We need a government that can tackle the structural faults within the State apparatus, writes Daragh McDowell

Like most truly important issues, the failures of the civil service and its role in the EU/IMF bailout has received relatively little attention in the aftermath of our economic ruination. A few token initiatives were stuffed into the party manifestos for 2011 but so far, little of significance has been accomplished. Worse still, no-one has been held accountable for the advice given by the civil service to the government in 2008 that led to the Irish sovereign credit rating being effectively destroyed two years later.

With a massive majority and incontrovertible evidence that the Irish civil service is simply not fit for purpose, the Coalition Government had an unprecedented opportunity to undertake the deep restructuring of the State apparatus we so desperately need. Instead it has stuck to the Croke Park Agreement, just as it has stuck to agreements to pay off Anglo bondholders.

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