The Last Post: Unpalatable issue of public sector pay can’t be ignored
Pressure on TDs to share the financial pain could eventually result in all public sector workers taking a pay cut
The politicians have their answer ready when pressed on why they haven’t taken pay cuts as a response to the financial crisis besetting us.
Their pay is linked, following legislation brought in after the last recession, to the entire public sector. If their pay is to be cut then everyone else working directly for the state has to take the same percentage hit, and vice versa. No exceptions, legally, can be made, although...
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Matt Cooper: The coalition of the unwilling fumbles its messaging yet again
It looks doubtful whether the majority of the public will have the patience for another nine weeks of this Covid-19 confinement
Matt Cooper: Fraying coalition could open door to McDonald as Taoiseach
It’s not beyond the bounds of possibility that Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald could come to power without a general election
Matt Cooper: Martin damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t go to US
With the Covid-19 situation unlikely to have improved by March, the Taoiseach will face criticism whether he visits the White House on St Patrick’s Day or not
The Last Post: Is the health portfolio just too much for Stephen Donnelly?
Given the huge responsibility of the post, and Donnelly’s tendency to over-promise and perform badly under pressure, is it time to let someone else oversee the vaccine roll-out?