Wooing the public sector vote risks trumping prudence
Tomorrow could see Ireland's first steps back on the road to economic perdition as talks open on a new public service pay regime.
We already know the outcome: the 300,000 public sector workers will get more. The only issues to be sorted are: How much will they get? When it will be paid? And will there be any accompanying conditions about reforms and productivity?
If the opening sentences above seem negative and stingy - it is because they are meant to be exactly that.