Sunday 18 February 2018

'National fixer' Mulvey always gets the job done

Martin Frawley

Last Tuesday in the opulent surroundings of the front lawn of Government Buildings, Public Expenditure and Reform Minister Brendan Howlin, welcomed a final resolution of the revised Croke Park II agreement, which he said he was confident would cut €300m off the public sector pay bill this year and €1bn by 2015.

But the real 'shirtsleeves-rolled' work in getting most of the unions kicking and screaming over the line was down to the chief executive of the Labour Relations Commission, Kieran Mulvey (pictured), and his team of Kevin Foley and Anna Perry, during a number of all-nighter talks in the less salubrious LRC offices in Dublin's Haddington Road.

Ironically, it is one of Mulvey's old employers, the secondary teachers union, the ASTI, which he headed up before moving over to the LRC in 1991, which threatens to unravel his work.

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