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Editorial: Civil servants should have spoken out

A NEW report reveals how senior politicians ignored repeated warnings over the economy from top civil servants for a decade.

Department of Finance senior officials repeatedly pointed out the dangers of the economic policies being pursued by the Government during the Celtic Tiger years, with the biggest surge in spending happening in 2001 and 2007 in the run-up to General Elections.

The Fianna Fail/PDs government went ahead with tax and spending packages that were €6bn more generous than the Budgets recommended by officials.

The major independent review of the Department's performance between 1999 and 2008, however, does not publish any of the civil servants objections.

Where were the whistleblowers when we needed them? No civil servant resigned in protest.

The country might not be in the mess it is now in if those opposing the Government policies had leaked their objections to the media.