Are you calling Charlie McCreevy "left-wing"??.
All of Europe's basket case economies are run by left-wing "if you've got it, spend it" governments.
"If I have it, I spend it" was a core tenet, sorry, make that the sum total of his economic philosophy. McCreevy was a PD in an FF suit, probably guessing rightly at the time that Kildare wasn't ready for tooth and claw neo-liberalism so he kept up the clinics for the sheep-dipping grants.