This week, the government will probably be confronted with the reality that 300,000 public servants will not volunteer for a pay cut.
The government said legal difficulties were behind its decision to abandon its pre-election commitment to abolish upward-only rent reviews. But this isn't the full story.
The truth is that Irish people remain deeply conflicted on the issue of abortion.
We need, once and for all, to break the link between banks and sovereign governments.
Politicians feel the need to speak in slogans. Few can now resist saying that the "end of austerity" is nigh.
Struggling Irish SMEs must be looking on with envy at Independent News & Media, after it agreed a €140 million debt write-off deal by its consortium of lenders last week.
The unions have voted against Croke Park II, and their decision must be respected. From that decision stem some consequences, to which government must now face up.
The insolvency service faces a huge job, with new rules, new practitioners and an uncertain response from the banks, which will have a key say as the main creditor in most cases.
It is easy to argue that more needs to be done to help Ireland, if we are to exit the bailout programme successfully and, just as important, stay out of it.
Whatever your views on same-sex marriage, it is to be hoped that the Constitutional Convention today recommends a change in Bunreacht na hEireann.
All things considered, it is probably best for the country if the trade union movement endorses the Croke Park II deal in the ballots currently taking place among public sector workers.
The National Consumer Agency recently published a comprehensive survey on the cost of prescription medicines.
There is no easy way to sort out a mess in your banking system. That is the message from what has happened in Cyprus.
The result of the Meath East by-election could hardly be more different for the two government parties.
It is simply inexplicable - and inexcusable - that the situation in Cyprus has been allowed to get into such a mess.