Public pay disputes loom large on the horizon for the government
New politics has the Dáil in a state of chassis
The year stealing away will not be widely mourned. The centenary celebrations of the Rising were thoughtful and well judged. Abroad, famine, war and migration took a terrible toll and the political reverberations from events in Britain and the US are only beginning. During the political interregnum at home, the President, Michael D Higgins, played an appropriate and dignified role in the 1916 commemorations. Eventually, we got a government with all the bells and whistles, but hardly one designed for purpose. Stormont has been left looking both ways on Brexit and wobbling under political scandal.
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