John Downing: Politicians have taken a hit, but they can only blame themselves if we don't care
IT WAS a little over five years ago, in late October 2007, but we now know it was an age of innocence. All too many of us still believed the concept of a 'soft landing' to end the crazy carry-on that masqueraded as the Irish property market. And it was just at this time that the Government showed that they had tee-totally lost the plot on their own pay and pensions.
Just before the Hallowe'en weekend in 2007, it emerged that the Government had accepted a Higher Remuneration Group report for lavish pay increases for about 1,600 senior people right across the civil and public service.
And in their midst was then Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, lined up for an extra €38,000 to take his yearly salary to €310,000, while his ministers were set for an extra 12pc to take them to €240,000 per year.