Monday 19 February 2018

Decision time on IDA jobs

We know the wheels of government can turn slowly. Rightly so in many instances because we have, historically, repented at our leisure for decisions made in haste.

However, those wheels will have to revolve at pace today if a decision is to be taken by Enterprise Minister Batt O'Keeffe on how to deal with the problem of understaffing at the IDA. On Sunday, Mr O'Keeffe promised he would tell the IDA this week how he intended to meet its manpower needs. He even predicted the authority would be "happy" with his decision.

In the course of his assurances that the problem would be resolved to the satisfaction of all concerned, Mr O'Keeffe described the situation highlighted by this newspaper last week as a "non-story". However, up to last night his own spokesman confirmed no decision had been made. Or should we describe it as a "non-decision"?

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