Briefing: Social partnership is dead, long live social dialogue

Political and economic pressures are combining to put social partnership back on the agenda

25th January, 2015
Haddington Road negotiations Picture: Photocall

Everyone in government agrees there will be no return to social partnership.

The old Dublin Castle boondoggles, organised into several “pillars” comprising employers, unions, agriculture, environmental groups (that one required by the Greens when they were in government) and the social and voluntary pillar, representing hundreds of organisations and whose chief spokesman was Fr Sean Healy of Cori, all presided over by the government’s top official Dermot McCarthy, endorsed by Bertie Ahern and funded by...

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