Monday 21 August 2017

Political brinkmanship is a dangerous game for Coalition

Shane Coleman

Shane Coleman

FIRST things first. Whatever games are being played behind the scenes in Government, there won't be a cut in the old-age pension come Budget Day.

Not unless Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore have taken a joint decision to commit political hari kari.

Despite the State's many economic crises over the decades, only one government has cut the pension. Ernest Blythe took a shilling off the rate in 1924. Almost 90 years on, it's still regularly thrown at Fine Gael.

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