Shane Coleman: Good deal, Brendan, but don't expect any thanks from core Labour voters
AFTER two years of talking the talk, Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin this week walked the walk.
The significance – and political courage – of a Labour Party minister overseeing a deal that will see pay levels fall across the public service by €1bn should not be underestimated.
The main criticism of Labour in government in the past was that it tended to put its own constituency – including the public sector – before the greater good. It didn't like taking the tough decisions in government and was more comfortable engaging in the protest politics of opposition.