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As the capitalist crisis continues to ravage the once mighty ‘celtic tiger’ the Irish government has stumbled across a sure fire method to stimulate economic growth and raise living standards; cut the wages of the lowest paid workers! The Labour Courts are currently debating whether to drop the minimum wage a euro to €8.65, and Labour Affairs Minister, Billy Kelleher, has argued that the review needs to take account of the current economic climate. He expanded his support for the counter reform by suggesting that the minimum wage should not be a barrier to employment.   Such talk is all very well from a government junior minister who currently earns a salary of over €139,000 per year and no doubt enjoys all the perks and benefits offered by the parliamentary gravy train.