Public pay disputes loom large on the horizon for the government

Public pay disputes loom large on the horizon for the government
Gerry Adams has been in the news this year

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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