Monday 18 December 2017

Politicians need to face reality

Sir -- There are two huge elephants in our electoral room. One is our social welfare spend of €20bn, and the second is the public service pay bill of another €20bn.

The proposed cuts to these costs over the next four years amount to no more than clipping the elephant's toenails.

Given our income of about €30bn, it's not rocket science to deduce that the very most we can afford is €10bn on each of these big ticket items.

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