- Dec 21, 2007
Interesting article in the Indo, where Mac the Knife talks about dealing with the current budget deficit
He also seems to call for another Tallaght StrategyIt is time to draw the knife. First for the chop would be the dozens of government quangos; including, it seems, the biggest of them all, the HSE.
"I often wonder what government departments are doing at the moment. Look at the Department of Health, which seems to have no say in anything, while the HSE is spending €16bn a year.
"All these quangos should have their functions transferred back to the relevant departments. I believe that could be done quickly, despite what they say."
Jobs will have to go too. Despite taking on the work of the quangos, the public service will have to cut its numbers.
"There will have to be voluntary redundancies," MacSharry says.
"We are told it would cost too much, but they will have to find a way to pay for it.
"We must accept that we cannot afford the size of public service that we have now."
I doubt somehow if he would be keen on FF pulling on the Green Jersey and giving an FG-Lab government a digoutHe hints at something even more radical than the Tallaght Strategy -- a 'Grand Coalition' of Fianna Fail and Fine Gael.
"About two-thirds of the electorate always vote for these two centrist parties. You then get coalitions towards the right, as with the PDs, or towards the left with Labour. But the bulk of the people favour the centre.
"The differences between Fianna Fail and Fine Gael were founded on the national question and, thank goodness, that is no longer the great issue. So there is no huge difference between them and some areas where they would support each other,"