Friday, 13 April 2012

Howlin says Government is "not pursuing an austerity strategy"

Brendan Howlin has insisted that the Government is not pursuing an austerity strategy, despite the claims by critics. In an op-ed in this morning's Irish Times, the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform has said that the state needs to deal with "catastrophic deficit".

Howlin was responding to a letter in last week's Irish Times (here) by leading economiststhat claimed that austerity-driven policies would lead to further unemployment as the economy contradicted.

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