Wednesday 21 March 2018

Eoghan Harris: Cowen and Kenny whistle past the graveyard

Michael Casey, former chief economist of the Central Bank, shows the same Confucian wisdom as his hero TK Whitaker in his brilliant new book Ireland's Malaise, the Troubled Personality of the Irish Economy (Liffey Press) which banishes many myths and makes many sound suggestions.

Last Tuesday, when I launched his book at the Writers Club, the room was packed with retired public servants from Whitaker's Great Generation. Given the grim things I said last week about the public sector, I took trouble over my speech which can be summarised as follows.

Ireland's Malaise is the most readable, helpful and hopeful response to the current crisis. And the Confucian combination of crisp criticism, hard-nosed humour, and practical advice cannot conceal that Michael Casey, like all Whitaker's men, feels he has a duty of care to the Irish people.

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