With the Irish State able to freely borrow once again and the problems at Irish Water showing no signs of ending, the time has come for the Government to scrap the troubled utility and take its borrowings back into the national debt figures.
Former Taoiseach and Finance Minister Brian Cowen's performance before the Oireachtas Inquiry investigating the events that led to the 2008 bank deposit guarantee and the 2010 Troika bailout was an assured one with only the merest hint of contrition.
Trade union bosses shuffling in and out of Government Buildings, carefully calibrated media leaks and late night talks. As the American baseball player Yogi Berra used to say: it feels like déjà vu all over again. About the only thing missing were Bertie Ahern's dulcet tones.
No-one can accuse IAG chief executive Willie Walsh of lacking patience. This week, five months after IAG first approached Aer Lingus, the Government finally agreed to sell its remaining 25.1pc stake in the airline to Mr Walsh's company.
Average rents rose by 8.2pc nationwide in the 12 months to the end of April. However, rents are rising far more quickly in and around Dublin, where a rising population and strong employment growth are coming up against a virtually static supply of housing.
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