Comment: How Enda Kenny is doing exactly what Bertie did... and why it'll cost us dearly
We have been here before and it cost us all dearly, in the recent past. Bertie Ahern bought industrial peace with the largesse of bloated short-term building-sector tax revenue.
Now Enda Kenny's minority Coalition looks set to do much the same thing, this time with borrowed money at a perilous time for an economy facing Brexit and other shocks.
When the crash happened in autumn 2008, two-thirds of our problems were down to excessive public spending of money we suddenly no longer had. One-third of our difficulties related to the need to prop up our collapsed banking system.