Vulnerable pay for the madness that is Croke Park
Public service numbers are just being moved from an unsustainable payroll into a ponzi-like pension scheme, writes Jody Corcoran
Shortly after 9pm on Wednesday, Fine Gael TD Olivia Mitchell rose to address a virtually empty chamber in the Dail on the issue of the Budget. She declared herself to be "shocked".
It was not that the Government had just taken a blunt knife to the most vulnerable in society -- lone mothers, children and pensioners -- which had so shocked her, although she is not happy with that either, but a reply she had received days earlier to two questions she had asked.
In a way, the answers to those questions go to the heart of a real crisis facing the country, a scandal, in fact, that nobody wants to talk about because nobody wants to ruffle the feathers of the all-powerful public sector unions.