Sunday 11 December 2016

Gene Kerrigan: 'Top People' milk system while we suffer

For the elites, the preservation of their privileges was always non-negotiable, writes Gene Kerrigan

Published 08/01/2012 | 05:00

There's a row going on, we're told, within the Government. On the one side, Michael Noonan, Fine Gael Minister for Austerity. And on the other side, Brendan Howlin, Labour Party Minister for Austerity.

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I love a good row, but I suspect this one is conducted in discreet terms, over glasses of very fine sherry.

The Government has been closing hospital beds, kicking teachers on to the dole, destroying the educational prospects of countless kids, cutting wages, jobs and services. They've had the Revenue sniffing through hundreds of thousands of files, and writing scary letters to pensioners, telling them they might have been unwittingly under-paying their pension tax by €8 a week.

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