Mary Harney says prescription charges will raise money and "discourage the overuse of medication". By Sara Burke.
Ten years ago Mary Harney, then tánaiste and minister of trade, enterprise and employment made her political position clear.
"Geographically," she said, "we are closer to Berlin than Boston. Spiritually, we are probably a lot closer to Boston than Berlin." She firmly articulated the then government's chosen economic model which "had a clear tax-cutting agenda" and went on to say that "this model works".
We know now, 10 years on, that the policy of ravishing the tax base, of light regulation and of multiple, generous tax breaks to developers that fuelled the property bubble, doesn't work.