Government promises end to cuts

The government has said that current proposals for cuts in the public sector pay bill will be the last call on public sector workers. Negotiations are underway for an extension of the "Croke Park" national agreement that dates from 2010. The government has threatened to impose €1 billion in cuts if a deal isn't reached. Unions are still waiting for some of the details of the proposals but have already rejected a five-hour increase in weekly working hours. They say that they want to see details of the financial impact of any increase in working time. In the meantime over 110000 people joined demonstrations around the country in protest at the excessive burden placed on Irish people as a result of the collapse of Irish banks. [Read more on Croke Park at > Impact->] [And on the debt demonstration at > Impact->]