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Eoghan Harris: Critics of the Croke Park deal will not be muzzled

Published 11/12/2011 | 05:00

WE are not masters of our destiny in Europe. We are small cogs who must settle for our modest space in the scheme of things. What we can control is how we divide up whatever wealth we have at home.

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Here the news is not good. The Budget brought home Fine Gael's fundamental mistake in going into government with the Labour Party. Because the Croke Park deal is choking social solidarity.

The CSO reports that public-sector weekly earnings averaged €903 as against private-sector earnings of €617. That's a gap of almost 50 per cent. To add injury to injury, private-sector workers are funding public-sector pensions.

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