Politics in Focus: Getting real in the maelstrom

Shay Cody of Impact favours a down-to-earth approach when looking out for the interests of his members, writes Pat Leahy, Political Editor.

12th May, 2012
Shay Cody of Impact: 'We've had some strange conversations with the political groups'. Photo: Tony O'Shea

Shay Cody is an unusual trade union leader. Yes, he sports a beard and will fight hard, horse-trade ingeniously, argue bluntly and cut deals in his members' interests -- all of which you expect from a member of Ireland's trade union politburo.

But in other respects, Cody is an atypical member of the breed. There is no 1913 Lockout rhetoric, like from Eamon Devoy of the TEEU. No political campaigning against, say, the household charge,...

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