Saturday 21 April 2018

Kenny never lets facts get in the way of point-scoring

Forget speculation and pessimistic forecasts, let's focus on reality of our economic situation, writes Willie O' Dea

IBEC's Danny McCoy summed up the current dilemma very neatly last Thursday on RTE's Prime Time. Talking about such positives as continuing export growth and positive balance of payments, he found himself accused of just wanting to "get the good news out there".

The IBEC Director General rounded on the interviewer saying: "No, these are the facts." He is right. These are the real facts -- as opposed to the pessimistic forecasts which are spoken about daily as if they were the facts.

The real facts of our situation got a fair and balanced airing in the Financial Times on Thursday. The article concluded saying: "The Irish deserve to be applauded for their pragmatism. Their tragedy is that eurozone leaders have not displayed similar cohesion or level-headedness in recent weeks."

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