• Your front page story of Lotto-style payouts to departing civil servants is a devastating indictment of the failure of those in power to grasp the sorry predicament our country is in.
It is obvious they fear more the elite lawyers than the disintegration of the economy (the band played on as the Titanic went down!). The only thing missing in your story are the views of the IMF and ECB about this largesse from that bailout money. They must be appalled.
Could you please forward them a copy of the article. Minister Noonan has such cheek to tell us with all the uber seriousness he can muster that we are in for another very painful Budget in December. At the same time he and his fellow ministers feign powerlessness to act over these super pensions.