Friday 23 February 2018

John Drennan: Are the Irish really unreformable?

Changing how we operate appears to be more attractive in theory than in practice, writes John Drennan

EXIT: IMF mission chief Craig Beaumont, centre, Peter Breuer, left, and other officials leaving the Department of Finance
EXIT: IMF mission chief Craig Beaumont, centre, Peter Breuer, left, and other officials leaving the Department of Finance
John Drennan

John Drennan

GIVEN that the Grumpy Old Men are often criticised for being timorous, it might be unfair to berate the Coalition for its decision that our departure from the bailout would eschew the cautious 'stepping stones to independence' strategy.

Instead Enda, Michael and Eamon have decided to take the approach of 'and with one bound, our hero was free'.

But the spectacle of a Government taking a political punt on the economy against the advice of its own fiscal council, without informing the citizens of the factors behind this gamble, looks terribly like the way the old unreformed Ireland used to behave.

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