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Noonan has been operating within the framework of the Troika agreement which he inherited.  Going the Syriza route was never an option for an FG led government (and within the different political environment in the EZ in 2011-2014, and we have yet to see how successful Syriza will be at reducing unemployment.

I suspect they would be quite happy if they achieved in excess of a 1% p.a. reduction in unemployment on a sustained basis, and they are starting from a much higher base of unemployment. Even now, Noonan has gone against EC, ECB, IMF, OECD and the Irish Fiscal council advice in reflating the economy faster than they would like and have actively pressed for.

But no doubt you would have done a much better job with or without a Dail majority.

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Thu Feb 12th, 2015 at 01:47:19 PM EST
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