Tipperary, Ireland, July 27, 2018 (IPS) As the sun sets on the second day of the Dáil and the end of a year that has been marked by both the defeat of the Government and the resignation of the Taoiseach, the last question that needs to be asked is: What will be the outcome of the year?
The question is a critical one, for if there is to be any hope for a return to government or a significant increase in public sector jobs, it will be necessary for the Government to deliver on its commitment to create jobs.
This is why it was so important to have a free vote on the question of the dairy bill on the first day of Dáili, and why it is now a matter of serious concern that the Government will not even agree to a free votes, let alone an in-person vote.
In the past, if there was a free or in-vote on any issue, the Government would immediately announce its position and the public would be free to decide on it.
But this time, it is not possible for a free-pass to the milk industry.
In fact, it could be seen as a betrayal of the free vote that is one of the core tenets of the State.
There is no guarantee that the outcome will be any different.
It is not only unlikely that a vote will be held, but also extremely difficult.
The fact is that there are more than a million people employed in the dairy industry, including many thousands who are directly employed by the producers, and millions more who work in a number of other sectors.
If there is a vote, it would be an attack on these workers, who are already paying the price for the government’s failure to deliver for them.
This week, the Dail voted to remove the requirement that farmers register their cattle with the Department of Agriculture, Land and Water, with no guarantee of a free and easy vote on a free passes.
The vote was defeated in the Díil, but the Government could still lose the majority.
This means that the free pass debate has been thrown into disarray, and it is unlikely that the result of the vote will come into effect until next month, with the Daithích and Dálige bodies likely to sit down and hammer out a compromise.
This brings us to the next point.
There are several important things that the Dairies could and should do in order to save their jobs.
Firstly, they need to understand that there is an enormous amount of risk associated with the dairy industries.
For example, the cost of raising cattle is almost twice as high as for raising pigs.
The cost of production is even higher.
It has been estimated that there could be as many as 15 million cows in the industry, of which more than half are being slaughtered in the first week of June.
Second, they must ensure that they are not sacrificing the jobs of the workers.
In many cases, they are being left in the lurch, not knowing what to do next.
The dairy industry is the third largest employer in Ireland, after the public and private sectors.
There are 1.3 million members of the industry in the country, of whom only a small minority are employed directly.
Third, they should consider how to deal with the growing number of young people who are joining the dairy and beef industries.
The number of 16 to 24 year olds joining the beef and dairy industries has doubled over the past five years.
The trend is in the same direction for the dairy, but they need the Government’s help to prevent them from being left behind.
The Government has already announced it will not raise the minimum age for entry into the dairy or beef industries to 18.
But this could be the beginning of the end for those in these industries.
As long as the Government does not address the issue of the age of entry for the sector, young people will continue to enter the industry without the necessary knowledge, skills and training to work in the jobs that the industry requires.
Third and most importantly, they cannot allow the industry to be left in a bad state, as they could lose thousands of jobs, and this would be the end result of their decision to remove a free passing from the sector.
This article originally appeared on The Irish Times.