Thursday 8 December 2016

It felt like race to the bottom with distinct backside theme

Published 07/12/2011 | 05:00

PUBLIC service workers were neither "sacred cows" nor "work-shy", Education Minister Ruairi Quinn crossly told Ivan Yates on Newstalk yesterday morning, and so it was disgraceful that media outlets such as 'The Sunday Independent' were "blackening the name" of these tireless toilers on the nation's behalf.

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Ivan's co-host, Chris Donoghue, then produced figures detailing how many public sector employees earned over €100,000 a year. Obviously too many in Chris's view because he then declared that all the lower-paid public servants were merely "the long grass in which the high earners are hiding".

It was a bit too early in the day to be indulging in such metaphorical flourishes and Ivan promptly brought matters back to earth by chatting about some research findings he'd come across which showed that if you spent too much time sitting down you developed a "big bottom".

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