Monday 11 December 2017

Short-term pain can bring long-term benefits if we reform flawed system

Thomas Molloy

Thomas Molloy

'Each success only buys an admission ticket to a more difficult problem," Henry Kissinger once complained.

After a reasonably successful EU presidency, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has turned to one of the most intractable problems here and elsewhere in Europe – unemployment.

Mr Kenny's commitment to shake up the system for helping the unemployed is welcome, even if it is years overdue. Economists don't agree on much but most share a conviction that our existing job-creation programmes, inherited from the last government, are a mess.

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