Saturday 17 February 2018

We need a State machine that is 'fit for purpose'

Our recovery can only begin when we have real reform in the public sector, writes Daniel McConnell

W hat a week we have just had. It is amazing how quickly things can happen when minds are focused. Can it actually be the case that, for once and for all, Ireland will see real and lasting public sector reform?

The arrival in town of our IMF and ECB masters for the first review of the €85bn bailout deal signed last November, and the first since the change of leadership, had an instant and dramatic impact on our marionette Government.

Three cabinet meetings in four days, including two emergency ones, have led in turn to much tough talking about further cuts from ministers on their best behaviour for their new commanders.

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