Resignation, not Frustration, as Higher Education Assesses Budget 2018

Posted in Governance and administration on October 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Yesterday’s Budget was a low-key affair all round. Outside the lobby of Buswells there was the usual hustle and bustle, but across the country, there was little of the usual frenzied anticipation. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe, themselves were playing down expectations – this was a ‘balance-the-books’ budget, not a glamorous giveaway …” (more)

[Róisín Power, University Times, 11 October]

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Teachers warned they won’t receive pay increases unless they sign up to new deal

Posted in Governance and administration on September 18th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe has said unions that don’t sign up to a new public sector pay deal will not benefit from pay increases under it. The minister was speaking after the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) voted to back the Public Service Stability Agreement …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 18 September]

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State cannot immediately repeal FEMPI – Donohoe

Posted in Governance and administration on June 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe has said the State cannot afford to immediately repeal Financial Emergency legislation (FEMPI), which underpinned the pay cuts imposed on the public sector during the economic crisis …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 29 June]

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New legislation required for Minister Mitchell O’Connor to receive extra €16k allowance

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“New legislation will be required to allow Fine Gael TD Mary Mitchell O’Connor hold the role of super junior minister in Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s cabinet. Minister for Finance Pachal Donohoe confirmed that the legislation would be required …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 16 June]

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Unions refusing pay deal set to miss out

Posted in Governance and administration on June 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Public sector workers who reject the new €880m Lansdowne Road pay agreement will miss out on pay increases contained in the deal, unions leaders are being warned. While the threat is not explicitly contained in the draft document, Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe and the Government are clear that only those who sign up to the deal can benefit from its terms, the Irish Examiner can reveal …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 12 June]

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Ministers Bruton and Donohoe host Consultative Forum on Proposed Exchequer-Employer Investment Mechanism for Higher and Further Education Sectors

Posted in Governance and administration on May 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD and the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe TD today (Wednesday) held a half-day forum in Dublin’s Iveagh House on the proposed Exchequer-Employer investment mechanism for Higher Education and Further Education and Training …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 31 May]

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Public servants asked to pay more for pensions as Government pledges pay cuts will be refunded

Posted in Governance and administration on May 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The government has asked public servants to pay more for their pensions but will refund pay cuts imposed under emergency legislation in a new deal. Sources at talks on a deal to extend the Lansdowne Road Agreement said government officials said they would convert a €720m pension levy already being paid into a higher permanent contribution …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh, Independent, 29 May]

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Pay body is ‘ignoring reality’ in assessment of the pensions gap

Posted in Governance and administration on May 16th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe has insisted that the gaping difference between public and private sector pension provisions will be on the table at new talks, despite a report advising it stands at just 14%. The commission advising the Government on its pay policy has been accused of ignoring the ‘elephant in the room’ in its calculations – because most private sector workers have no pensions at all …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh and Kevin Doyle, Independent, 16 May]

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Croke Park ‘hours’ must stay forever

Posted in Governance and administration on May 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The potential for public sector pay hikes will be wiped out unless State employees agree to continue working 15 million ‘free’ hours every year. Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe is set to warn unions that the so-called ‘Croke Park Hours’ must be considered the new norm if they want a pay deal …” (more)

[Kevin Doyle, Independent, 14 May]

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Paschal Donohoe fires shot across bow of unions ahead of pay talks

Posted in Governance and administration on April 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Yesterday the Dáil voted to approve the shambolic deal on water charges hammered out by Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil by 92 votes to 47. Within minutes of the vote, Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe was on his feet taking questions. Asked by Fianna Fáil’s Dara Calleary about the pending public sector pay talks, Mr Donohoe perhaps somewhat predictably said there will be some difficulty in meeting the added cost generated by pay demands …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 14 April]

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Collision course on public sector hours issue

Posted in Governance and administration on March 20th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“While the restoration of pay will be a priority for public sector workers, many employees say getting back hours is equally important and will be a ‘major issue’ in the renegotiation of the Lansdowne Road Agreement. It comes after Public Expenditure and Reform Minister Paschal Donohoe laid down a marker, making it clear the additional hours secured in the Haddington Road Agreement ‘remain critical to enabling us to meet increased demand in frontline service areas and to improve services to the public generally’ …” (more)

[Elaine Loughlin, Irish Examiner, 20 March]

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Minister for Education announces new employer investment mechanism for higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on March 13th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe, have announced the launch of a new consultation process on a proposed Exchequer-Employer Investment Mechanism, which will operate from 2018 onwards …” (more)

[Aisling Grace, Trinity News, 13 March]

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Public Sector Pensions Legislation

Posted in Governance and administration on March 2nd, 2017 by steve

IrelandMichael Collins (Cork South West, Independent): To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will restore public service pensions fully by mid-2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 28 February]

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Public Sector Pensions Levy

Posted in Governance and administration on February 17th, 2017 by steve

IrelandÉamon Ó Cuív (Galway West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the reason public servants in receipt of a public service pension have the pension levy deducted from their pensions; the rate at which it is deducted; his plans to reduce the pension levy in the coming years; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 15 February]

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Cabinet memo warns public sector pay deal has taken all extra funds for existing services

Posted in Governance and administration on February 6th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A Cabinet memo drawn up by Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe for ministers, seen by the Irish Examiner, confirms warnings from him that the pending public sector pay deal as well as matters already announced have hoovered up any available extra monies …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 5 February]

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Public Sector Pensions Legislation – Repeal of FEMPI

Posted in Governance and administration on January 26th, 2017 by steve

IrelandBrendan Griffin (Kerry, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the timeframe for the repeal of FEMPI legislation in respect of retired public servants; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 24 January]

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Pension rises for retired public sector workers now in firing line

Posted in Governance and administration on December 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“An end to pension increases for retired public-sector workers is on the table in the next round of pay talks. Public-service pensioners have traditionally benefited from pay parity, which means they go up when there is an increase in the salary of the person in their old job …” (more)

[Anne-Marie Walsh and Kevin Doyle, Independent, 27 December]

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Paschal Donohoe agrees to pay talks with public sector unions

Posted in Governance and administration on November 30th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Government has backed down from a standoff with public sector unions by agreeing to talks on ‘anomalies’ in the Lansdowne Road Agreement. Public Expenditure and Reform Minister Paschal Donohoe has agreed to begin negotiations with public sector representatives over the repercussions of the garda Labour Court recommendation …” (more)

[Elaine Loughlin, Irish Examiner, 30 November]

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Public-sector pay talks to be held by February

Posted in Governance and administration on November 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Public-sector pay talks on a successor to the Lansdowne Road Agreement will be held no later than February, five members of Cabinet said. Talks will have to be earlier than the Government wanted to avoid all-out industrial unrest. Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe said his ‘plans are not yet finalised’ as to when talks for a new pay deal will commence …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner, 28 November]

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Lansdowne Road Agreement – Planned Pay Increase

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2016 by steve

IrelandMichael McGrath (Cork South Central, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the gross cost to the Exchequer for each month that the planned pay increase under the Lansdowne Road agreement of €1,000 in respect of those with a salary of up to €65,000 is brought forward to earlier in 2017 …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 22 November]

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