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Populist policies won’t save us from facing tough economic choices

Colm McCarthy


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Unaffordable housing, insecure energy supplies and rising debt interest cloud the economic outlook. Soft options have been exhausted, spin and counter-spin substitute for analysis and public discontent flourishes.

Paralysis has come to dominate Irish economic policy, an unwillingness to face awkward decisions and to acknowledge unwelcome trade-offs. It afflicts Government, opposition and the mainstream media.


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