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We need leaders who can manage government as a CEO would a firm

Managing the economy of a country is similar to managing a large company. The job or duty of a prime minister should be similar to that of a CEO of a company.

The prime minister will have a cabinet of ministers, each with his own portfolio. Likewise, the CEO of a company will have a team of senior managers, each with his own skill to cover his brief.

Both the country and company work towards targets, with information on progress fed back to the prime minister or CEO.

In both cases, it it is the quality of the people who hold those positions that matters. Let us take the government run by Enda Kenny, and a privately owned company, Ryanair, run by Michael O’Leary. Kenny’s policies are forcing people to leave the country. O’Leary’s planes are bringing them back. Very few of Kenny’s cabinet are doing a decent job. The health service is a shambles. Irish Water is following suit. Education is going backwards and the cost of everything is increasing.

People talk about the green shoots of recovery, without being sure whether they are weeds or plants.

It all comes back to the men at the top, whether they are government or private.

Richard Prendergast



Co Cork


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