Haddington Road Agreement Savings – Pay Cuts

Posted in Governance and administration on June 21st, 2013 by steve

Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to impose additional reductions in pay and changes to working terms and conditions to those public sector workers who through their unions do not sign up to the Haddington Road agreement …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 20 June]

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Croke Park Agreement Issues – Reduction of GDP Growth

Posted in Governance and administration on May 10th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Finance further to Parliamentary Question No 319 of 16 April 2013, if he will confirm that his Department did not calculate the specific reduction of GDP growth directly attributed to the proposed Croke Park 2 cuts to public sector pay and pension of €1 billion between 2013 and 2015 …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 9 May]

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Unions warn pay cut moves will be met with action

Posted in Governance and administration on April 17th, 2013 by steve

“Public servants will mount a campaign of industrial action if the Government moves to implement unilateral pay cuts, according to the Public Services Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 17 April]

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SIPTU members’ rejection of Croke Park II a body blow to government

Posted in Governance and administration on April 16th, 2013 by steve

“SIPTU members’ rejection of Croke Park II is a body blow to the government’s austerity agenda, according to Sinn Féin deputy leader, Mary Lou McDonald TD this afternoon …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 16 April]

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Croke Park Agreement Issues – Pay

Posted in Governance and administration on March 13th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will provide in tabular form, the number of public sector employees who will be subject to the provisions of the Croke Park two agreement whose salary and allowances fall into the following bands less than €65,000; €65,000 to €150,000; €150,000 to €185,000 and more than €185,000 …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 12 March]

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Public Sector Remuneration

Posted in Governance and administration on March 2nd, 2013 by steve

Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the saving to the Exchequer if all annual public sector pay, to include local authorities and State agencies, was capped at €100,000 …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 27 February]

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Croke Park Agreement

Posted in Governance and administration on February 27th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if the savings in payroll he is seeking in 2013 are contingent on a successful conclusion to talks to extend the Croke Park Agreement; the way he will ensure that public services including frontline public services are maintained following completion of the talks; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann, 27 February]

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Cabinet urged to row back on nurse graduates ‘scam’

Posted in Governance and administration on January 25th, 2013 by steve

“A bid to pay 1,000 graduate nurses 20% less than normal starting salaries has been branded a ‘scam’ intended to pave the way for a race to the bottom in the public service …” (more)

[Shaun Connolly, Irish Examiner, 25 January]

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SF seeks pay cut for those ‘at the top’

Posted in Governance and administration on January 24th, 2013 by steve

“Excessive pay and pensions ‘of a tiny minority at the top’ have to be tackled as part of public-sector reform when nurse graduates are being offered ‘yellow pack’ wages, the Dáil heard …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 24 January]

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Student Grant Scheme Delays

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 12th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the Student Universal Support Ireland dedicated phone-line for Oireachtas members as provided by him on the 5 of November 2011 is no longer answering calls or responding to voicemails left my members; and the action he will take to remedy the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 11 December]

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Howlin signals higher civil servant salaries not part of Croke Park talks

Posted in Governance and administration on November 23rd, 2012 by steve

“Salaries of higher paid civil servants are unlikely to be on the agenda for new talks on the Croke Park agreement after comments from Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin yesterday. Pressed on the issue of salaries of more than €100,000 to some senior civil servants, Mr Howlin repeatedly said he would ‘not be part of the destruction of public services’ …” (more)

[Tom O’Brien, Irish Times, 23 November]

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Student Grant Scheme Expenditure

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 21st, 2012 by steve

Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Education and Skills the criteria that had to be met by Dublin City Vocational Education Committee to win the tendering for administering third level applications under Student Universal Support Ireland including the allocation of staff and resources to replace the 66 VECs and local authorities that processed applications up until 2011 …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 20 November]

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Howlin admits he cannot block public servant pay rises

Posted in Governance and administration on October 10th, 2012 by steve

“The Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin says he has been advised that he cannot block pay rises for highly paid public servants …” (more, audio)

[Newstalk, 10 October]

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Howlin says both sides must adhere to Croke Park deal

Posted in Governance and administration on June 29th, 2012 by steve

“As long as the public service unions adhere to their side of the Croke Park agreement, the Government will stick to its side, the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform has insisted …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 29 June]

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Howlin insists: If Unions keep Croke Park agreements, we’ll keep ours

Posted in Governance and administration on June 28th, 2012 by steve

“The Public Expenditure minister Brendan Howlin has affirmed that the government does not plan to defer increments due to lower-paid public servants – potentially re-opening conflict between the government parties …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 28 June]

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Retirements from the Public Sector

Posted in Governance and administration on February 29th, 2012 by steve

Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he is satisfied with the progress made by the transition teams put in place to manage the wave of retirements from the public sector in order that the delivery of key frontline services will be maintained; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Priority Questions, 28 February]

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