Monday 22 January 2018

Brendan Keenan: Lady luck must smile on growth bid

Whatever option the Coalition chooses first -- stimulating the economy or tackling the deficit, or a bit of both -- ministers need to be upfront about it

ONE could hardly call it a "dash for growth". A trot would seem more appropriate. But the phrase came to mind as I listened to Enda Kenny go through his plans for the first 100 days.

Of course the plans were in the Programme for Government -- cut the lower rates of VAT and employers' PRSI; make provision for 15,000 new places in training and education; start whatever can be done in 100 days on the big "NewERA" construction programme for national networks.

Yet it still came as a bit of a shock to hear the newly elected Taoiseach repeat them again. Without a doubt, Sean Lemass's dictum about abandoning election promises once the polls close has itself been abandoned.

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