Monday 26 June 2017

Government has primed the industrial relations bomb that is about to explode go off

Charlie McCreevy, then Minister for Finance in 2001: 'I remember Charlie McCreevy lamenting the fact that a garda married to a nurse could no longer afford to buy a house' Photo: Tom Burke
Charlie McCreevy, then Minister for Finance in 2001: 'I remember Charlie McCreevy lamenting the fact that a garda married to a nurse could no longer afford to buy a house' Photo: Tom Burke
Richard Curran

Richard Curran

Ireland is heading into a significant financial storm in which it cannot afford to make the wrong decisions. Many people will presume that storm is Brexit, and the impact it is likely to have on jobs in key parts of the economy.

For others, the storm is further down the road as the exchequer grapples with how to pay for the pending pensions crisis in both the private and public sectors.

More immediately, the storm will be seen as the public sector industrial strife that has seen secondary school teachers, bus drivers and possibly almost every garda in the country go on strike.

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