Shane Ross is running out of rail

Shane Ross is running out of rail
Industrial relations issues have not endeared Iarnród Éireann to politicians. Pic:

Trying to ignore the problems facing the rail system is a recipe for disaster

One of the oldest tactics in politics is to ignore a problem in the hope that it will go away.

Sometimes it works well for a minister. Successive ministers in the Department of Social Protection - from Seamus Brennan to Mary Hanafin to Joan Burton to Leo Varadkar - have promised to deal with the fact that 50 per cent of private sector workers will be entirely dependent on the state pension when they retire....

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