Sunday 22 April 2018

Some signs of hope on talks

THE stark choices facing the country were neatly summed up by the general secretary of the ICTU, David Begg, as government officials and public service unions agreed to start talking to each other.

Intensive negotiations are to begin on Monday and, hopefully, they will continue for the full two weeks and will end in an agreement that is good for the country and good for all its people -- whether they be public or private sector workers, people who have lost their jobs and look forward to working again as soon as possible, or young people who badly need a shot of optimism.

David Begg said a breakdown in talks would create a poor perception of the country, whereas if the markets could see Ireland resolving its difficulties, perhaps even more efficiently than some other EU countries, it would create a very positive impression.

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