Opinion Analysis

Thursday 19 April 2018

Dodo comes back to life as union waves its magic wand

Anne-Marie Walsh

THERE is an ad on TV at the moment where a dodo jumps out of the sand on a beach and sings 'I'm alive'. It came to mind at Liberty Hall last night when a weary-looking Jack O'Connor came downstairs and delivered unexpected news that means the public-sector pay deal is not facing extinction just yet.

If SIPTU had not waved its magic wand and backed the Croke Park agreement, the whole thing looked set to disappear in a puff of smoke. And it may get a further boost tomorrow if IMPACT's executive decides it will not make a recommendation to members, leaving them to make up their own minds -- despite having rejected the deal itself.

Finance Minister Brian Lenihan was on the radio yesterday promoting the deal and it is understood that the 'Yes' side will make a major push to bring it home later in the week.

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