Opinion: Public sector has no right to hold country to ransom
We should hold yet another referendum to decide, for once and for all, who actually runs the country. Is it the Government or the trade unions?
None of us voted for the unions so why should they be allowed hold us to ransom? No one is forced to become a teacher or bus driver or garda and young people are queuing up to get jobs in those professions.
They were all trained at great cost to us, the taxpayers but the moment they qualify and commence employment, many of them seem to start complaining about their pay and working conditions. No one is forcing them to adopt these careers. If they are so unrewarding, why not try something else?
The word poverty is bandied about to the extent that it has lost its true meaning so to assist those grandstanding politicians who use the term daily, I will try to help them understand. Poverty is defined in my Oxford English dictionary as "The state of being very poor".
To my mind, being very poor means not having enough to eat as well as being unable to procure warm clothing or find a place to shelter from the cold. In other words, being reduced to begging in the streets to avoid starvation.
We have umpteen charities working hard to help those who are in such a situation and are unable to help themselves.
We also have a social welfare system of payments that ensures that no one need be in the situation described above. Those unfortunates we see sleeping rough are doing so for reasons such as drug addiction, alcoholism and an inability to access the help that is available.
Poverty should not be described as having to do without a 42in TV in the living room or being unable to take holidays abroad annually. Being homeless shouldn't mean being in a position to refuse offers of a free house just because it's not near where you were born.