Monday 5 December 2016

IMF is our only hope of salvation

Published 31/10/2010 | 05:00

Sir -- While reading headlines such as "Ministers deny €3m 'slush fund' blame" and "Dail break fails to see reduction in expenses" (Sunday Independent, October 10, 2010) and "Somers breaks pension record" (Sunday Independent, October 17, 2010), it occurred to me that we as a nation have become desensitised to the appalling waste of public funds.

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The old adage that "wilful waste makes woeful want" has never been truer in the history of the State, yet we seem to be anaesthetised to the reality.

The average worker, who has suffered wage cuts, increased taxation and, in many cases, lost security of tenure in their employment, gets no perks. There are no employer- or taxpayer-funded lunches or think-ins. Nobody in the real world gets paid expenses to travel to and from work.

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