2. Short of a suspension of democracy and the press ganging of unemployed workers into construction it is now impossible for Ireland to build enough housing to meet the level of housing we require.
3. Foreign workers make a far more significant contribution to the tax revenue that funds our public services than a large segment of the indigenous population who disproportionately benefit from them.
4. The modest drop in income tax revenue during the Covid lockdown confirmed that a minority of taxpayers carry the majority of the country’s tax burden.
5. The appetite for public spending is endless: there’s hardly a single group of Irish public service users who believe THEIR services are adequately funded.
6. There is relatively little political corruption in Ireland because most Irish politicians are simply not worth bribing because they have no direct power. Most corruption in Ireland is carried out by unelected officials in the public and state funded NGO sector and much of it is not actually legally defined as corruption not by intent but by political inertia.
7. There are no votes in long term planning. In fact, it may cost you votes.
8. Likewise, there are no votes in questioning how well current expenditure is spent. Again, it may cost you votes asking too many questions.
9. It is possible to have a very well-remunerated career in Irish politics without ever having to make an unpopular decision.
10. The “real Ireland” no longer lives in rural areas but overwhelmingly in urban areas in the big towns and cities.