Falling public pay dominoes may knock down the Coalition
Published 20/10/2016 | 02:30
It is now clear that Budget 2017 was the easy part. The key challenge for Enda Kenny's minority coalition will be to manage through a series of inter-connected public service pay demands - without destroying the national finances just as they were on a path to recovery. It will be a challenge central to the survival of this minority coalition for any appreciable length of time.
November risks being a torrid month without effective policing and with hundreds of secondary schools closed. The impact on middle Ireland will be large and immediate. It is a situation which no government can allow to persist because we hire governments to keep basic services going.
Gardaí and teachers believe they have a special case. They are not the only ones who think so. But even those who are less seized by feelings of injustice are watching carefully.