Monday 26 September 2016

Strike puts dampener on commemorations

Published 25/03/2016 | 02:30

Photo: PA
Photo: PA

These commemorations won't come around again. So the advertisements for the Ireland 2016 centenary programme this Easter Weekend tell us. The events are specifically designed to be inclusive and family-friendly, with a view to attracting people of all ages to mark this historic occasion.

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The highlight of the weekend will see 2,500 members of the Defence Forces - Army, Navy, Air Force and a UN peacekeeping section - as well as representatives of An Garda Síochána and other State emergency services.

These men and women, and their predecessors, have represented the country with distinction.

Hopefully, the weather might even hold up for once so the crowds can enjoy the spectacle of the largest parade in the history of the State.

However, a dampener has been put on the occasion by the decision of Luas drivers to shut down once of the key public transport arteries into the centre of Dublin.

The industrial relations mechanisms of the State have been utilised and come to naught. The emphatic rejection of a pay deal for Luas drivers is a gesture not in keeping with the spirit of these commemorations.

Irish Independent

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