Tuesday 21 November 2017

Martina Devlin: Good cop, bad cop act can't mask Budget pain

Delivering the Budget, Brendan Howlin looked almost apologetic but Michael Noonan appeared relaxed, even when being heckled
Delivering the Budget, Brendan Howlin looked almost apologetic but Michael Noonan appeared relaxed, even when being heckled
Martina Devlin

Martina Devlin

'A RUINED village was left here . . . occupied by unemployed and angry people who were tormented by a prosperous past and the bitterness of an overwhelming and static present,' reads Gabriel Garcia Marquez's 'Leaf Storm'.

It sums up Ireland today.

Ruined prospects and an unemployed people trapped in an immobile present. And many of our people will continue to be jobless, that most hope-sapping of conditions, judging by yesterday's Budget.

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