The Tanaiste, Mary Coughlan, has warned a number of professions that the Government will not back down in its drive to increase competition in order to help save the economy (Irish Times).
Engineers, architects, the legal profession, dentists and others are, apparently, to be targeted by the Government because they have not yet felt the chill winds of economic reality. Ms. Coughlan has accused these professions of economic conceit.
So what action is the Tanaiste going to take against those guilty of economic conceit? Well, it seems that the Competition Authority has issued a number of reports over the past few years on the said professions and Ms. Coughlan is now going to submit a report – before the end of the year no less – outlining the progress achieved on the recommendations of those reports.
Asked about the McCarthy report on public service staffing expenditure Ms. Coughlan said she had instructed her department and think-tank Forfás to carry out an evaluation across all Government departments, assessing the impact of the report on employment and on the productive sector.
So, in summary, Ms. Coughlan is going to submit a report in response to a number of other reports and carry out an evaluation across all Government departments to assess the impact of the McCarthy report.
Who said that politicians are not showing vision and courageous leadership in this time of severe crisis?