Wednesday 22 November 2017

FG all blow and no go, thank God for Labour

The junior coalition partner has been doing all the running when it comes to the tough decisions as Fine Gael still courts populism, writes Celia Larkin

I heard Ruairi Quinn say during the week that the Labour Party could have taken the easy road of opposition, but chose to go into government for the sake of the country. And thank God it did.

As far as I can see, the only party taking unpopular and decisive action in this Government is Labour. Mr Quinn didn't shy away from telling the teachers' conferences that there would be no move on cutbacks. In fact, he told them they could expect even further cutbacks, if anything.

Brendan Howlin has been leading the charge on general public sector pay and conditions. Not a popular thing for any minister to do, but particularly difficult for a minister from the Labour Party.

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