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'Leprechaun politics' is alive as we ignore long-term plans in favour of 'jam today'

Richard Curran


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Pledges: Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin, Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar and Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald during the final TV leaders’ debate at the RTÉ studios in Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Niall Carson/PA

Pledges: Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin, Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar and Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald during the final TV leaders’ debate at the RTÉ studios in Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Niall Carson/PA

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Pledges: Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin, Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar and Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald during the final TV leaders’ debate at the RTÉ studios in Donnybrook, Dublin. Photo: Niall Carson/PA

The only way of knowing whether the lessons of an economic crash have been learned is when the next downturn comes along. You can never really tell when things are on the up again whether politicians have really understood the calamity of mistakes they have made in the past.

This General Election campaign provided clear evidence that little has been learned by over-promising politicians who still believe voters can be bought.

Following the disaster of the last crash, there was so much thumping of chests among the political class that it seemed the same mistakes could never be repeated.