Monday 22 January 2018

Burton’s post is of major importance

YOU report (front page, March 10) that Joan Burton appeared to be the biggest loser in the Cabinet shake-out, having been given the Social Protection portfolio rather than a top job in Finance. Why is this important government position often perceived by politicians as some kind of demotion?

I recall that both the late Seamus Brennan and Mary Hanafin were deemed to have been sidelined by Bertie Ahern when assigned this portfolio. Its budget spend is in excess of €20bn, which makes it larger than most companies on the Irish stock exchange.

Does it not require someone with a proven grasp of finance and economics to run this important department efficiently and effectively? I'm sure Joan Burton is eminently qualified.

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