Monday 18 December 2017

Brendan Keenan: Why breaking up is so hard to do

Leaving the euro would cost us dearly -- banking failure and corporate debt -- but is nonetheless a real prospect

THERE seemed to be a bit of nifty re-branding for last week's conference organised by Feasta, a body founded to promote sustainable economic development. It was a big event, with leading foreign economists and commentators, as well as some well-known local names giving of their best.

The media release gave of its best too. 'Could a new Irish punt help solve our public and private debt crisis?' asked the headline.

Just the sort of question to attract attention. But it sat a little oddly with the fact that the conference was to be opened by the Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton.

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