Minister’s brother on the miraculous recovery that [almost] no one feels…

Not a great start to the campaign on what should be their strongest card, the economy. Now the Minister of Agriculture’s brother rather inconveniently adds his tuppenceworth:

While hailing the achievements of the Government in turning around the economy, Greencore CEO Patrick Coveney said the “great mystery” of the recovery is that “no-one feels it”.
At a business conference in Cork, Mr Coveney questioned the success of the Government in ensuring the benefits of the economic recovery were evenly felt across all sectors of society.Mr Coveney described the revival in the country’s economic fortunes as “unprecedented”.

 But he said the rising tide hasn’t lifted everyone and “loads of people have been left behind”.

Oh, brother…


  • samay

    It”s refreshing that Patrick has called as he sees it. All too often these guys want to put a convenient spin on their utterances. By the way, Simon is one of the few politicians, North or South, that I admire.

  • the rich get richer

    Surely the Elite are feeling it or is it that they weren’t much inconvenienced by the Austerity that “We” were all in “Together”

  • Kev Hughes

    It’s a tough sell to talk of a recovery when a large part of the country has emigrated and those who remain cling on to levels they had before (if they’re lucky) whilst having gone through all of that crap over the past 7 years.

    That’s why the sell for the coalition is a real tough one:

    ‘It could’ve been worse but he thankful for what you’ve kept’ isn’t a great sell for any party.

    Labour’s pitch of ‘things could’ve been so much worse from FG if we weren’t about’ is a hiding to nothing as it’s trying to sell something positive in a negative manner.

  • mickfealty

    He’s an actual businessman talking to business folk. There’s limits to what you can get away with in a peer to peer context. Politics on the other hand is literally full of it…

  • chrisjones2

    Business is like farming though …conditions are never good enough

  • Robin Keogh

    During the crisis the wealth of the top twenty percent grew rapidly while the bottom twenty pretty much hit or fell below the poverty line. Fianna Fail had eroded the tax base so badly that there was a massive hole in the budget that could only be filled by either austerity or burning bondholders. Fine Gael, Labour and Fianna told us that was not an option as the ECB and others in Europe had threatened the government if they attempted such a move. ‘ a bomb would go off in dublin’ etc. Now we know the truth. There were no threats from europe and the government was advised to burn some of the senior bondholders but they ignored the advice from NTMA. in fact, the finance minister Michael Noonan is in hot water accused of misleading the Dail on the issue. The government refused to increase tax revenue from higher earners and instead squeezed the lower ranks leading to unemployment, emigration and a marked increase in poverty. The growth now is export led due to the weakness of the euro. We are moving up from a miserable base and its proclaimed as a miracle. Its not, when u have hit rock bottom there is nowhere to go but up.

  • mickfealty

    Fibe Gael? Really Robin? We’re all (well, mostly) grown ups here.

  • Robin Keogh

    If u look at your keypad u will see the b is right next to the n. Hence the fibe gael rather than fine gael was a slip.