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As facts of crisis change, policies have to follow

Donal O'Donovan


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No Government has the luxury of unlimited spending power and the bill for the current necessary spike in spending will eventually land on the taxpayers' doormat.

This economic crisis is utterly unprecedented - Ireland and all of our key trading partners have been deliberately placed into recession by governments in a bid to contain the spread of a deadly virus.

In every case, states are stepping in to the extent they can to carry the immediate costs of the medical emergency and of sustaining the population materially through the shock.


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