Monthly Archives: April 2009

Ireland 2009: post budget analysis

Only one word matters in rescuing Ireland from its downward spiral: competitiveness. This was the focus of Government policy in the 90s. It created the environment for investment, jobs and spectacular growth. It made Ireland the 4th most competitive country in the world by 2000… and one of the most prosperous.

But then the plot was lost and many government decisions carelessly ignored competitiveness.  Numbers employed in the public sector grew at the fastest rate in Europe:  85,600 were added to the payroll in the past decade[1].  The number of state organisations grew to over 700.  Labour laws were enacted … Continue reading...