Tuesday 20 February 2018

Advisers tell Taoiseach to rebrand social partnership

Michael Brennan Deputy Political Editor

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny's mandarins have come up with a way to save the social partnership process -- by calling it "social dialogue" instead.

The briefing papers provided to Mr Kenny reveal that his civil servants have told him that one option was to rebrand "social partnership" as "social dialogue".

The briefing papers said that Mr Kenny would have to consider what to do to support the social-partnership model into the future.

The papers confirm that Mr Kenny has been invited to meet British Prime Minister David Cameron.

It said this would ideally take place at the earliest opportunity -- but noted the need to avoid the clash with Queen Elizabeth's visit in May.

And Mr Kenny will also be looking forward to another event mentioned in the briefing papers -- the first official commemoration of Michael Collins in Glasnevin cemetery.

The papers reveal that planning is continuing about the best "timing and content" of an annual Collins commemoration in Glasnevin cemetery.

The Department of the Taoiseach signalled that one of Mr Kenny's key tasks would be to find a way to restore the damage caused to Ireland's international reputation by the banking and economic crisis.

It warned that the costs of "doing nothing" would be far higher than the cost of such a strategy.

Irish Independent

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