Stinging rebuke of public sector
Watching a trapped bumblebee bounce off a window in a vain attempt to achieve freedom should inspire the enduring symbol of Irish public-sector reform.
Our never-to-be-reformed public services have little to do with nurses' overtime or other frontline practices. What is in most need of reform will remain insulated from reality, irrespective of what deal emanates from the Labour Relations Commission talks.
The simple fact is the higher echelons of the Irish public service mirror the political culture we tolerate in this country. Senior public servants watch politicians appoint their friends into public positions, so they too ensure that only friends are appointed into the most influential public positions.