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Minister for Finance Michael Noonan with Enda Kenny

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan with Enda Kenny

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan with Enda Kenny

A 'recovery' is a dangerous thing. This is the time when we have the greatest opportunities to address the major failings in our economy and society - some additional resources are available and the crisis is fresh in people's minds. However, it is also the time when the temptation to return to business as usual is strongest. Tragically, this seems to be exactly where the run-in to the next election is taking us.

Because of the crisis in the public finances, most of the political focus has been on taxation and spending. Exchequer returns are improving, and alleviating poverty through social welfare cash payments is one of the few social policy areas where Ireland does relatively well compared to other countries.


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