Unions’ peace should not come at any price
Just last month, the government solemnly told us that it would never repeat the mistakes that left Ireland on the verge of bankruptcy. There would be no more lost decades. But that seems to have been forgotten in the rush to g
Yes, public servants have had to take pay cuts of 14 per cent and to endure seven years of staff reductions, no promotions and increased working hours. But it was even tougher for workers in other parts of the economy who lost their jobs or had to emigrate with their families.
The economy is recovering with unemployment falling below 10 per cent. But the state’s ATM machine is still operating on borrowed money.
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Tom Maguire: Tax changes we make now could help business for years
The way we did business a few months ago may never return – so the opportunity is to make changes that will both aid recovery and set us up well for our new futures