Sunday 21 January 2018

Small steps towards long-term recovery are always welcome

THE Government is entitled to a fair wind for its proposals to invest €150m in road maintenance, schools and insulating 25,000 local authority homes. Announcing the plan yesterday, Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin openly acknowledged that the proposals were, relatively speaking, small enough. But he insisted that they represent a change in policy.

The money is to come from the sale of some state assets, including the National Lottery licence. There is no doubt that there is plenty of work to be done and no shortage of people waiting on the dole to do it.

Mr Howlin also struck an upbeat note about progress being made on various projects first outlined last July, and which hopefully will soon lead to significant job creation. Ultimately, the Government has earmarked 13,000 construction jobs coming from these initiatives and, since they are mainly public-private partnerships, may take some time to get up and running.

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