Martina Devlin: Solas must focus if it is to succeed where FAS failed
The social evil which tops the misery index must surely be unemployment -- a condition which, let us remember, is not the fault of the unemployed.
Joblessness is neither a statistical problem nor an economic problem, although it has components of the latter. It is a human problem. And one being dealt with unproductively here -- a failure with far-reaching consequences.
Reducing unemployment is the most important challenge for 2012. This is crucial from the perspective of the State's recovery, but it also matters for the self-respect of those hundreds of thousands of individuals affected by job loss.