Public sector pension levy is ‘likely’ to be cut or axed

Posted in Governance and administration on January 9th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The public sector pension levy is ‘likely’ to be reduced significantly or abolished ahead of the general election, senior Government sources have told the Irish Independent …” (more)

[Daniel McConnell, Independent, 9 January]

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Minsters told public service pay cuts a ‘once-off’ measure

Posted in Governance and administration on December 17th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Finance told ministers in 2009 they would have to tell public servants cuts to their core pay and allowances would be ‘once-off measures’ which would not be repeated …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 17 December]

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Gerry Adams & Boston College: A Fresh Challenge for Oral History

Posted in Research on May 5th, 2014 by steve

“‘Don’t do a Duffy on me’, a senior politician once remarked when I interviewed him for my research. It wasn’t the first time I’d heard such a quip. And while it was meant as a joke, the very fact that the remark was even passed …” (more)

[Ciara Meehan: Historian, Author, Researcher, 5 May]

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Letter to IMF chief reveals guarantees to increase student contribution

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 24th, 2011 by steve

“The University Times has received an excerpt of a letter which reveals that former Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan and Central Bank governor Patrick Honohan had explicitly promised the IMF that the government would increase the student contribution from 2012-2014 …” (more)

[Ronan Costello, University Times, 24 November]

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No benefits for those not signed up to Croke Park

Posted in Governance and administration on January 13th, 2011 by steve

“Government commitments in the Croke Park agreement on entitlements to overall pay rates, job security and superannuation ‘do not apply to any public servant who is represented by any union or association that has not accepted the agreement’, Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan has warned …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 13 January]

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Lenihan ignores state jobs ban as 2,200 staff recruited

Posted in Governance and administration on December 13th, 2010 by steve

“Finance Minister Brian Lenihan is approving 200 public service jobs a month despite the state sector recruitment ban. More than 2,200 full-time jobs have been filled in the public service since the moratorium on new posts was introduced in March last year …” (more)

[Paul Melia, Independent, 13 December]

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Lenihan insists Croke Park deal stands – but only for one year

Posted in Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2010 by steve

“Finance Minister Brian Lenihan insisted the Croke Park deal would stand – but could only guarantee it for 12 months …” (more)

[Shaun Connolly, Irish Examiner, 22 November]

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Public service faces squeeze to hit €15bn target

Posted in Governance and administration on October 27th, 2010 by steve

“Public servants will be squeezed for savings deeper than were negotiated in the Croke Park agreement as the Government commits to cutting €15 billion off its spending by 2014. Finance Minister Brian Lenihan said pay scales agreed with public sector trade unions would be respected but what was expected of the service would have to increase …” (more)

[Conor Ryan and Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 27 October]

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