Unions would be mad not to take pay deal
If the public sector unions have any sense they will grab the new pay package on offer before the real impact of Brexit begins to hit home. The deal will cost Irish taxpayers an extra €880m over the next three years.
It does not meet all the union demands and will face opposition from many teachers, nurses and gardaí who feel their particular concerns are not adequately addressed.
But, speaking on behalf of the Impact trade union, Bernard Harbor described it as the best set of proposals it could get at the moment and added that there was something in it for everyone.