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    Default Who is Ireland's greatest ever Minister of Finance?

    Who do you think is Ireland's ever Minister of Finance?

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    Given you're the one starting the thread - are you going to engage and give your own view to kick start things?

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    Well my vote is for Ruairi Quinn.

    One very minor story: during his time as MoF he had use of a state car, but used to take the bus --- I used to pass him as he stood at the bus stop in Sandymount. No fear of the current gombeens doing without their little luxurious entitlements to save the taxpayer a few bob.

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    He wasn't finance minister but i always had respect for T.K Whitaker
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    Ray McSharry in collaboration with Alan Dukes stopped Ireland falling into the hands of the IMF.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Cochrane View Post
    Given you're the one starting the thread - are you going to engage and give your own view to kick start things?
    I wanted to let others decide for themselves and not influence them but since you asked I'd say Ruari Quinn.

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    Michael Collins & Charlie McCreevy
    Last edited by karldaly; 14th September 2010 at 01:45 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RahenyFG View Post
    I wanted to let others decide for themselves and not influence them but since you asked I'd say Ruari Quinn.
    Why, Ruairi Quinn he was a big government statist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by True Republican View Post
    Why, Ruairi Quinn he was a big government statist.
    He introduced the tax bands which kept government spending to a limit and help create a budget surplus for the first time since 1967. Ireland had a better a GDP rating with Quinn than it did under his successors McCreevey and Cowen.

    He did a lot in a short space of time.

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    I would say it is between Quinn and MacSharry.

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