Friday 24 November 2017

John Downing: Time for Howlin to face the music and cut public allowances

John Downing

John Downing

TALES of shoe maintenance allowances, acting-up allowances and Gaeltacht allowances are manna from heaven for a whole range of bigots to vent their spleen.

They are a great chance to indulge specific prejudices like jealousy towards teachers, a hatred of gardai, a dislike of the Army, or antagonism towards the Irish language. It is true these allowances offer great comedy opportunities which appear too good to miss -- but unfortunately they are also very liable to fuel an incipient public-private sector feud which this country can do without right now.

It has been a very good week economically with a huge boost for morale as much as for the economy. One way and another, between Tuesday and today there will have been solid announcements on jobs which suggest up to 2,000 people will find decently-paid work in the coming two to three years.

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