Monday 19 March 2018

Howlin and Noonan relationship is key to national recovery

Splitting the Finance brief means that neither Coalition partner can blame the other if things start to get even worse, writes Daniel McConnell

TWO weeks ago, during the negotiations for government, Fine Gael and Labour left Government Buildings fuming following a briefing from the Department of Finance.

Senior figures such as Michael Noonan and Phil Hogan for Fine Gael and Joan Burton, Pat Rabbitte and Brendan Howlin for Labour were less than amused by what they were told.

It is clear the reorganisation of the structure and competency of the entire Department of Finance, which is again under question, must be prioritised by the new government. The radical splitting-up of the department is long overdue, and is the best opportunity to install a structure that, once and for all, is fit for purpose.

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