Tuesday 22 August 2017

Taoiseach needs to act like a real leader on labour reforms

Despite our being told that the matter is urgent, there is still no agreement in sight, writes Willie O'Dea

POLITICAL history suggests that Labour ministers usually don't start to distance themselves from their government colleagues until the last few months of a government.

This is why their absence from the Dail chamber last Tuesday came as a bit of a surprise. It also suggests that while the Government may get to stay in the honeymoon suite for a bit longer, one of the partners is thinking of spending less time in the room just now.

The briefings against each other between Labour and Fine Gael ministers on the issue of JLC reform would all be deeply entertaining if the issue were not so serious.

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