Mary Hanafin, the Minister for Social and Family Affairs, has moved to defuse a political time bomb by pledging to pay the social welfare Christmas bonus if there is a ‘windfall’ in the department’s coffers or savings targets are exceeded.
The minister’s crumb of hope may be aimed at soothing the frayed nerves of government backbenchers who could face a backlash in their constituencies. But it is little more than wishful...
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