The Labour Party’s national conference in Kilkenny this weekend takes place against a dismal backdrop of pay restraint and rising redundancies in the run-up to Christmas.
Add to this a banking crisis and a new ‘Bord Snip’, with orders to tackle public service spending, and the spectre of a return to the bleak 1980s was complete. Delegates at the two-day televised conference at Hotel Kilkenny felt that the economic troubles facing the government...
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