Richard Curran: When things go wrong, working for the State is definitely the place to be
So many Irish mothers over the decades gave career advice to their teenage sons that they should get a job in either the civil service or the ESB. For some reason, the two were mentioned in the same breath as equals when it came to notions of stability, respectability, pay, pensions and conditions.
As someone who has worked for several companies in the media sector over many years, and seen a number of small pension pots shot to pieces, I have sometimes thought of revisiting the wisdom of my mother all those years ago.
The threat of industrial action at ESB has annoyed many people around the country. The primary source of anger is the prospect of the lights going out with the ensuing inconvenience for families and the cost to business.