Friday 20 April 2018

Educators' and doctors' unions signal end for hybrid minority FG-FF Government deal

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John Downing

John Downing

So it's exit teachers, enter doctors, and cue an additional heap of financial grief for Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe.

The spring union conference season is almost over. But it has already left its imprint upon our politics, as the three main teaching unions cede the media stage to the conference of the Irish Medical Organisation.

The week's doings have ramped up the negotiations for that third Budget of three, rounding off the odd-ball deal between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to prop up the minority Coalition we have had since May 6, 2016.

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