Hugh O'Connell: the government faces chaos unless it deals with public sector pay

Hugh O'Connell: the government faces chaos unless it deals with public sector pay

Ministers are heading for disaster if they think the Lansdowne Road Agreement will hold together for much longer

The minority government has become accustomed to long-fingering big issues. From abortion to water, difficult and divisive problems have been boxed off by the setting up of reviews, commissions and, in the case of the Eight Amendment, a citizens’ assembly.

This strategy will only work for so long. Later this month the review of the expert commission set up to examine the future of water charges is due to report. By that time, the government...

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