The semi state bodies in the Republic were part of the economic renaissance envisaged by Sean Lemass and ably assisted by his economic advisor TK Whittaker. However, Tony over at the Tallright blog believes the time has come for the Irish government to take a deep breath and sell off the ailing national airline in order to save it from terminal (no pun intended) decline.
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