Sunday 19 November 2017

Brendan Keenan: Most of what is in 'bailout' plan has been long overdue

Brendan Keenan

Brendan Keenan

REALLY, apart from the banks, it is hard to disagree with the deal struck between the Government and the EU/IMF. Most of it is stuff that Irish governments have been promising to do for years, but could never quite manage.

One thinks of the flamboyant launch by Bertie Ahern and Mary Harney of plans to trim the sails of lawyers, doctors, publicans and pharmacists; and "proof" every government decision in favour of competition.

After a bitter struggle, the pharmacists gave ground, although continuing action on their fees is contained in the "Memorandum of Understanding" with the EU and IMF published yesterday. Otherwise, little seemed to come from those heady promises.

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