Friday, February 6, 2009

Extraordinary measures

Ireland OKs new fees on workers to combat debt

DUBLIN, Ireland: Lawmakers backed a government plan Thursday to begin deducting about 7 percent from the paychecks of 350,000 workers — Ireland's most aggressive move yet to combat a swelling deficit. Finance Minister Brian Lenihan told Dail Eireann, the Irish parliament, that the new charges were essential to help reverse Ireland's debt crisis and reassure international markets that Ireland is not in danger of defaulting on loans.

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5 thoughts on “Extraordinary measures

  • Eternal Sceptic says:

    A stunning idea. Should be introduced in Britain. If the public sector want to be feather bedded, why should everyone else pay for it?

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  • Wow.

    Talk about rewarding the reckless and punishing the prudent! First thing I’d do is start looking for a job abroad.

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  • Great, let’s hope this idea catches on.

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  • Only 350,000 public sector workers in S Ireland.

    600,000 public sector workers in Scotland.

    The budget of £33 billion (excluding £17 billion social security costs, defence, national debt % etc) passed in the last few days in Scotland is greater than the entire budget for the Repulic of Southern Ireland.

    Unemployment around 300,000 in S Ireland, yet in the mythical world of Scotland it’s only 100,000.

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  • Excellent post malct

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