Oh wait… it is an enormous crisis… and there truly is no alternative… at least not from our main opposition party January 29, 2009Posted by WorldbyStorm in Economics, Economy, Irish Politics.
Yesterday one might be forgiven for getting the distinct impression that John Gormley was understating the crisis, particularly when he said…
…speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland , Mr Gormley, whose Green Party is in Government with Fianna Fáil, appeared to signal he was against [a public address to the nation by the Taoiseach] saying “a state of the nation address has echoes of Charles J Haughey”.
Yet curiously I read today that in the Dáil yesterday:
Mr Gormley said that Ireland faced a challenge equal to the greatest the State had faced since its foundation some 90 years ago.
Isn’t it time they made their minds up?
Meanwhile should one hope that our beloved opposition would be willing to step up to the plate and offer an alternative analysis… well, I fear that that hope would be short-lived;
“Some €20 billion per year [on public sector wages] is not affordable and there is simply no getting away from that fact,’’ he said.
“We have either to cut jobs or cut pay. There is no ducking this issue, despite the understandable anger of many good public servants, who did not cause the crisis.’’ Mr Coveney said that the market was already forcing salary reductions and had forced 120,000 redundancies in the private sector in the past year.