Monday 5 December 2016

Hail and Farewell to the same old story

Published 13/11/2011 | 05:00

Ave, atque, vale. Hail and Farewell. At first sight that sums up a week in which one President stepped up and another stepped down.

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Only at first sight. Because we are now hailing the same government policies to which we said farewell a few months ago. But so far, the political correspondents -- with the sole exception of Stephen Collins -- are so busy making banal RTE programmes about the recent past that they can't focus on two fundamental issues in the present.

First, as Collins pointed out in the Irish Times last Friday, "the over-riding priority of the Government policy is to protect the pay and pensions of the public service" Or as I would put it: to look after the fat cats of the Kevin Cardiff class. Just like Fianna Fail did.

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