Friday 19 October 2018

Dan O'Brien: The good, the bad and the dubious of new national plans

The amount of material contained in the documents makes evaluation tough, but there are positives, writes Dan O'Brien

Big cuts: Brian Cowen, as former finance minister and Taoiseach, said many times how capital spending would remain a priority.
Big cuts: Brian Cowen, as former finance minister and Taoiseach, said many times how capital spending would remain a priority.
Dan O'Brien

Dan O'Brien

In anticipation of the publication of the Government's new planning and investment strategies, this column last week made the point that the importance of such plans tends to be overstated.

Changing technologies, economic structures, lifestyles and geopolitics matter more to how a country develops.

If there are doubts about that, consider this.

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