Comment - Untangling one knot just creates another
The law of unintended consequences often seems to permanently live in the endless masses of pensions small print.
Thus, there was a chance that Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty's efforts to untangle the pensions travesty would either dislodge other difficulties, or not quite hit the target.
Fianna Fáil welfare spokesman Willie O'Dea, who has harried the Government for pension remedies over the past six months, has conceded that Ms Doherty's changes "were a step in the right direction." But there are too many unresolved snags - and it may well not be a good deal for men.