Tuesday 17 January 2017

One act of bravery is just not enough

Published 17/12/2010 | 05:00

It's extraordinary that this poor excuse for a Government has finally come out from cowering behind the shield of legal advice and moved to prevent AIB from paying staff bonuses. However, true to form, it then adopts a different approach as regards public servants. Surely the same principle for not paying these bonuses applies in both instances.

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With this newfound bravado, perhaps the next port of call will be Rody Molloy and Pat Neary's golden handshakes and pension top-ups?

On a related matter, this retrospective action has potential to establish a dangerous precedent. We also see this in the Budget with the treatment of Section 23 investments. With such uncertainty created, who in their right mind would trust a State with the capacity and inclination to act like some tin-pot dictator?

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