Did the mainstream media have some sort of collective stroke over the weekend? A positive factual discussion stroke?
Newstalk earlier (about 5pm) drilling in to Garda "allowances", and pension entitlements.
I was amazed - I'd never heard it done properly before... though many years I'd waited. Garda spokesperson was on... he did an awful job of defending it. He failed miserably really.
Then I get home and hear a similar conversation on the RTE 6 ONE news about Horgan report.
Somebody actually said - out loud on RTE during prime time - that the equivalent contributions to a private pension to realise the same pension as an average Garda would be "30 to 40,000 a year to fund in private sector".
"Gold plated" they called it.
I waited for the counter-argument drummed up by RTE about public service, or Garda spokesperson... nothing! Amazing.
Somebody will be getting dragged in to the DG over that. We can't be having that loose talk about the facts of the Garda pensions, and what unrealistically massive contributions normal PAYE worker would need to contribute to realise the same pension.
Crazy stuff to have this discussed at 6:05pm... and on the National Broadcaster, no less?
Proles - know your place!!