Thursday 19 January 2017

Government in stand-off with unions that could lead to disaster

Published 07/11/2016 | 02:30

Mr Donohoe and his colleagues have now found themselves in a stand-off with public-sector unions that could have catastrophic consequences for the administration. Photo: Arthur Carron
Mr Donohoe and his colleagues have now found themselves in a stand-off with public-sector unions that could have catastrophic consequences for the administration. Photo: Arthur Carron

Critics of this minority Government were quiet after the passing of the Budget. With an increased number of actors having a significant say over the Budget's make-up, its passing fuelled a new sense of optimism within Government circles that this limp and unstable administration may just last the course.

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Fine Gael's Paschal Donohoe illustrated why he was the ideal appointment as Public Expenditure Minister.

His ability to rein in his colleagues - who at one point had submitted €3bn in spending demands - is reassuring from the public's perspective.

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