Brian Lenihan is no tough guy
So the Association of Assistant Secretaries and Higher Grades told Finance Minister Brian Lenihan that members' pay of up to €146,000 was "way behind" what was on offer in the private sector ('Elite civil servants: We deserve a pay rise', Irish Independent, April 6).
Mr Lenihan's response should have been curt and pointed: "Make my day. Go join the private sector. See if they'll have you."
The civil service is vastly overstaffed anyway.