Sunday 25 February 2018

Opposition must agree on four-budget plan

Willie O'Dea calls on Labour and Fine Gael to present a single costed and coherent four-year strategy

While he may talk a lot, it is rare that Enda Kenny says anything of any consequence. Perhaps this is the reason so many in the commentariat failed to grasp the significance of Enda's gut dismissal of the call for a Tallaght II type united front to deal with the nation's huge debt problems.

Though Enda acknowledged that the Tallaght I strategy had been "wonderful from a national perspective", he quickly ruled it out now as it might cost Fine Gael votes. The Enda doctrine: "National recovery good, Fine Gael recovery better."

Enda's "put the party first" attitude is in stark contrast to the advice of Garret FitzGerald, who has said that agreement may now "be vital to the retention of our sovereignty".

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