Monday 19 February 2018

James Fitzsimons: Inequality tax could get economy back on top again

Bridging the growing gap between rich and poor is a good starting point for ministers, writes James Fitzsimons

James Fitzsimons

The problem with the Irish economy is not that we did everything wrong, but we don't know what to do when we're on top. It's easier to be submissive and think of Europe.

We should be forging ahead with a new plan for Ireland's development in the EU and restoring our economic credibility.

Up to 2007 we showed we could be winners. Since 2008 we demonstrated a capacity to withstand the most harrowing austerity measures that any country has endured. It's time to get back in the driving seat. We have few valuable resources in this country, but we have a well-educated population. If we cannot find solutions to get us back on top again, how can we expect others to invest in our abilities?

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