Tuesday 26 September 2017

John Downing: Big talk from Gilmore, but we must get clarity on top-up pay

Eamon Gilmore
Eamon Gilmore
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John Downing

John Downing

WHEN Eamon Gilmore was last week crafting his clever party conference catchphrase about 'no going back to boom and Bert' he could not have dreamt he was about to be gifted another political bonus from the past.

Yes, the shameful and disturbing story of Central Remedial Clinic (CRC) pay top-ups from publicly donated money also proves the dreaded adage that it is indeed an ill wind that does not blow somebody, somewhere, some good. The Drumcondra political links between former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and several key people at the CRC are a boon to Labour and Fine Gael.

But both Eamon Gilmore, bullish after his Killarney national conference success, and Taoiseach Enda Kenny, on his way to head a trade mission to Japan, may find such political dividends to be minor and short-lived. Of far more relevance to everyone is finding some remedies to deal with the CRC and other pay top-ups.

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