Saturday 24 March 2018

Daniel McConnell: Discredited first agreement means talks must deliver

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Tomorrow sees talks begin on the formation of a new public sector agreement between the Government and union leaders.

A "plenary" meeting will be held between the public service unions' officials and Minister Brendan Howlin's department with intensive talks to begin "as soon as possible thereafter" with a view to "concluding discussions as early as possible in the next few weeks",

Known more commonly as the Croke Park Agreement, the deal was engineered by former Taoiseach Brian Cowen in early 2010 behind the back of – and without the approval of – his own finance minister, the late Brian Lenihan, and it is deeply flawed.

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