Brendan Keenan: Put plans in place now and be ready for inevitable recovery
OKAY, Pat Rabbitte didn't say the Government had no plan for medium term recovery. I only wish he had.
Remember plans? The great and the good would gather in Dublin Castle while the Taoiseach -- Bertie Ahern for as long as anyone could remember -- would outline the measures which would bring higher incomes and more employment to every sector.
When you got into the glossy brochures, however, they were really plans to spend public money. The massed ranks of the beneficiaries of the plan -- employers, unions, farmers, community groups -- sat, beamed and applauded as details of the largesse were revealed.