Thursday 23 February 2017

Harsh economic reality beckons for union barons in fantasy land

We won't be able to find cuts of €19bn by 2014 if the Croke Park deal remains, writes Daniel McConnell

Daniel McConnell

Daniel McConnell

DAVID BEGG, head union man and serial state board member, is at it again. Despite the political consensus that cuts of between €4.5bn and €5bn are needed in December's Budget, Begg and his union comrades remain obstinate.

"Spread the cuts agenda over a longer time frame and leave my members alone," he cries.

"Our [Ireland's] problem," he says, "is not the size of our public service but the collapse of our tax base."

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