The news that the Republic of Ireland is to introduce free GP visits for children under age six came as a real surprise to me. Having checked it out, it seems that everyone in Ireland has to pay to visit their GP, including children and pensioners.
In addition, people in Ireland have to pay to go to A&E, pay to stay overnight in hospital and pay for prescriptions.
It wasn’t so long ago that the SNP told us they wanted to copy the Irish economic Celtic Tiger system – that Scotland would become the Celtic Lion.
I hope this never happens as the Irish model of cutting airport passenger duty and corporation taxes means charges for using the NHS that we take for granted in the UK.