Croke Park agreement is designed to underachieve

The public service is still awash with absenteeism, outdated practices and well-paid managers who are not delivering reform with any great urgency, writes Ian Talbot.

11th December, 2011
Croke Park agreement is designed to underachieve
Michael Noonan, Minister for Finance, prepares to deliver the 2012 budget to the Dáil last Tuesday. Photo: Tony O'Shea

About four years ago, my then employer kindly sent me on a training course entitled Creating Lasting Change. It was a good course and we took away a credit card-sized cheat sheet of advice on the topic. One particular point on that well-worn card in my wallet provides advice on managing negative self-talk - think or say "Isn't that interesting?" So what's the relevance of this to Budget 2012? Well, try this.

The Minister for Finance,...

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