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