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

7th June, 2015
Unions’ peace should not come at any price
Brendan Howlin, Minister for Public Expenditure, meets the press following the Lansdowne Road agreement.

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.

It simply...

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