Saturday September 26, 2020

Ten ticking timebombs await the government

The government parties are faced with explosive issues, any one of which could cause them major trouble in the year ahead, writes Niamh Connolly, Political Correspondent.

15th January, 2012
Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore and Taoiseach Enda Kenny: the coalition partners face a difficult year ahead. Photo: PA

The Dáil's new session didn't have the best of starts last week, kicking-off with gloomy forecasts of a new EU/IMF bailout by year-end and news of almost a thousand redundancies in the banking sector.

Revenue's ham-fisted tax clampdown on private pensions also helped put the government on the back foot.

With opposition to the new household charge ramping up, the exit of some 7,000 public servants from the system needed by early...

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