Croke Park I Agreement expires in June, I believe. If no agreement is reached then across-the-board cuts of 7% will be enacted through legislation.
I can't see Labour doing this.
The Government falls and an election is imminent. Neither governing party are keen on this, particularly Labour.
When is the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill to be enacted? Before the Summer recess. Fine Gael would want to be sure that Labour is forced to support their strategy regarding the public sector pay before the Blueshirts vote on this bill.
Labour would be in an invidious position: ensure their cherished abortion bill is passed, and sacrifice their traditional supporters? Or try desperately to shore up their support in the public sector and risk letting this bill go by the wayside?
What strategy will the opposing sides employ?
At least one Labour parliamentarian will oppose it:
The bitterly Pro-abortion Irish Times made snippy comments re: the brave soul that outed Amadán Ó Ríordáin and A. Ferris last weekend:“If legislation was required it should be airtight and involve a case where the person has to prove suicidal intent,” said Mr Kelly.
“What I read in the Sunday papers, if that is the long term agenda of the party, I am against it. I am not one for opening the floodgates on abortion,” he said.
Senator Kelly, who has strong anti-abortion views, also expressed reservations about the inclusion of a suicide clause and also expressed unease about comments made by party colleagues Aodhán Ó Ríordáin and Anne Ferris report last weekend saying they believed in further liberalisation of the law. (They made the comments to a young woman who misrepresented who she was and secretly recorded their conversation. The comments were carried in The Sunday Independent.)