Opinion Editorial

Friday 24 June 2016

Worrying signs of an early loss of backbone 

ONE of the tests of integrity is the ability to stand by an idea. The Government is scarcely a week old and already there are concerns about its resolve, which in turn raises doubts about its viability. For instance, there is mention in the Programme for Government of looking at child benefit as a means to get parents to focus on making sure that their children attend school. Communications Minister Denis Naughten put the idea into the public domain, clearly not to harm families, but ultimately to help them, by guaranteeing that children are given a...