Friday 19 January 2018

The Budget must focus on job creation

Opposition calls for a vague and untargeted stimulus package just will not work, writes Willie O'Dea

As budget day approaches, the clamour of predictions and analysis from the ever-growing phalanx of pundits will reach a crescendo.

As varied and inaccurate as some of these predictions may be, there does appear to be a growing consensus that the Budget announcement must contain measures designed to promote growth within the economy and jobs for people made unemployed by this recession.

The opposition parties have taken to using the stimulus buzzword to describe their approach. They have spent the past few months calling for stimulus packages, perhaps trying to echo the stimulus packages introduced in the United States.

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