Saturday 20 January 2018

Brendan Keenan: Real risks in post-bailout wrangling and posturing

WITH one bound, he was free. That was the standby for the old-style thriller writers to get their heroes out of impossible scrapes.

Of course, the alert reader would have realised that one bound would not free the hero from a ball and chain in a dark dungeon. But most readers were too excited by the narrative to be alert.

When it comes to the national finances, the Irish public has had its fill of excitement. Everyone seemed very alert to the fact that the end of the troika mission was not the beginning of a new era of freedom. If the Government ever planned any kind of celebration for tomorrow, it has probably had second thoughts.

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