Wednesday 21 February 2018

James Downey: Government has no appetite for radical reform it promised us

James Downey

James Downey

YOU will remember the mixed feelings we all had when the EU-ECB-IMF troika first arrived in Dublin.

We were dismayed and angry at the loss – or rather, the throwing away – of our economic independence. But we liked the good manners of our new rulers and the calm way they went about their business.

And there was something more important. People like to feel that someone is in charge. In the latter part of Bertie Ahern's leadership and throughout Brian Cowen's brief but tumultuous reign, it had grown clear that nobody was in charge.

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