Sunday 23 July 2017

Light years on from cosy deals

When the Croke Park deal between the Fianna Fail-Green coalition and the public sector unions was hammered out in March 2010 the Taoiseach of the day, Brian Cowen, said it would transform the public service. The chief executive of the Labour Relations Commission, Kieran Mulvey, called it "revolutionary".

One year later, Mr Cowen left office amid the ruins of two collapsing parties. The revolution had not been completed. In fact, it had not begun. But since then, his Fine Gael and Labour successors have had the best part of a year in which at least to lay the foundations for modest reform. How have they fared?

Sad to relate, not very well. Indeed, not well at all. The latest twist in the FAS saga reveals a sorry spectacle.

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