Saturday 17 March 2018

Willie O'Dea: Not a lot done and no sign either that it ever will be

If promises are indeed made to be broken, the Government is doing a grand job two years in.

Willie O'Dea

Two years ago yesterday (March 9, 2011), Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore became Taoiseach and Tanaiste. On the day, an ebullient Enda Kenny announced that he was entering into "a covenant with the Irish people".

Last Wednesday, the Taoiseach and Tanaiste published a progress report on the implementation of that "covenant". It was, unsurprisingly, covered in gold stars which they generously awarded themselves.

No mention of the fact that their Five-Point Plan promise to create 100,000 new jobs over four years has been long forgotten, or that the number of mortgages in serious arrears has doubled. Mentioning any of this in the report would only tarnish those stars.

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