Comment: Public sector talks need to get real

There are two countries - real Ireland and unreal Ireland. The public sector continues to live in the latter, with the Croke Park process fatally flawed, writes Nicola Byrne.

24th February, 2013
I'm going against the consensus of social partnership which many hold dear.

Despite reported sightings of economic green shoots and the kicking of the can full of promissory notes way down the years, these remain desperate times. Seldom does a day go by without another retail concern announcing that it is ceasing trading.

Those burdened with legacy debt from the Celtic Tiger era increasingly worry how they are going to pay the new property taxes and water charges, and mothers are trying to see how they can...

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