Saturday July 11, 2020

Shane Ross is running out of rail

Trying to ignore the problems facing the rail system is a recipe for disaster, writes Michael Brennan

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

@obraonain
22nd August, 2017
Industrial relations issues have not endeared Iarnród Éireann to politicians. Pic: RollingNews.ie

One of the oldest tactics in politics is to ignore a problem in the hope that it will go away.

Sometimes it works well for a minister. Successive ministers in the Department of Social Protection - from Seamus Brennan to Mary Hanafin to Joan Burton to Leo Varadkar - have promised to deal with the fact that 50 per cent of private sector workers will be entirely dependent on the state pension when they retire....

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