Monday 22 October 2018

Long-term vision to be welcomed after poor planning of the past

Labour TD Jan O’Sullivan. Photo: Tom Burke
Labour TD Jan O’Sullivan. Photo: Tom Burke

Shona Murray

Labour's Jan O'Sullivan described the Government's National Development Plan as a "cock-up".

She was largely criticising the procedural bit when she asked "how can this plan be on a statutory basis if it is agreed and published before the law to put it on a statutory basis is passed?"

Meanwhile, others have questioned the State's ability to deliver on its promises - while some point out a few of the announcements are merely repackaged plans from way before. All of these concerns are relevant and the Government is obliged to respond to them satisfactorily. Notwith-standing the points made by planners and economists about viability and delivery, the fact that there is a vision for Ireland for at least the next decade and further is most welcome.

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