Tuesday 6 December 2016

Dodo comes back to life as union waves its magic wand

Anne-Marie Walsh

Published 14/04/2010 | 05:00

THERE is an ad on TV at the moment where a dodo jumps out of the sand on a beach and sings 'I'm alive'. It came to mind at Liberty Hall last night when a weary-looking Jack O'Connor came downstairs and delivered unexpected news that means the public-sector pay deal is not facing extinction just yet.

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If SIPTU had not waved its magic wand and backed the Croke Park agreement, the whole thing looked set to disappear in a puff of smoke. And it may get a further boost tomorrow if IMPACT's executive decides it will not make a recommendation to members, leaving them to make up their own minds -- despite having rejected the deal itself.

Finance Minister Brian Lenihan was on the radio yesterday promoting the deal and it is understood that the 'Yes' side will make a major push to bring it home later in the week.

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