When organisations as disparate as IBEC, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, the Irish Association of Pension Funds and the Society of Actuaries in Ireland find common cause and warn Government of a looming crisis then only a foolish politician would look the other way and hope the problem will resolve itself.
TÁNAISTE Mary Coughlan has been accused of failing former SR Technics workers with delays while she was in charge of the Department of Enterprise meaning that much of a €7.5 million retraining fund supplied by the EU may have to be returned unspent.
THERE are currently three vacancies in the Dáil brought about by resignations. Pat ‘The Cope’ Gallagher stood down in 2009 after his election to the European Parliament. Earlier this year George Lee of Fine Gael resigned his South Dublin seat in a tizzy and Martin Cullen stepped down from his Waterford seat due to health reasons.
THE discussion, if you could call it that, over recent days on the prospect, or even the possibility, of cutting the minimum wage gives just a flavour of the great arguments and potential for deep bitterness that lie ahead. Hard choices, as we face ever fewer options, will make for difficult times and fraught, fiery relationships.
Recent public opinion polls have provided a clear indication of the public disillusionment at the way the government has been handling the economy. This was further reinforced by the turnout of more than 100,000 people at the protest march in Dublin on Saturday.
MICHAEL MOYNIHAN’S hatred and disapproval of the Ryder Cup 2006 (Irish Examiner, GolfPlus, September 22) has given me immense psychological comfort — there are now two people in the whole country that truly believe this event is nothing short of a vulgar portrayal to the outside world of our so-called economic success.