Fiscal Advisory Council: Return to austerity can be avoided

Universal healthcare, better housing and work on climate change still achievable

An additional €8 billion of spending has been budgeted so far to deal with Covid-19 impacts in the State. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

An additional €8 billion of spending has been budgeted so far to deal with Covid-19 impacts in the State. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The framework document between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael picks up the Herculean task of making a five-year plan for Ireland at a time of crisis. The Covid-19 pandemic is imposing a heavy human, social and economic cost.

While the situation evolves day by day, a framework to recover the economy today, rebuild it tomorrow and revive Ireland for the future is a step forward.

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