Public service reforms ‘must not be mixed up with an ideology of privatisation’

Posted in Governance and administration on January 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The trade union movement’s economic think-tank has pointed to a significant drop in the cost of employing public servants and said reform of the sector must not be mixed up with an ideology of privatisation, commercialisation of public goods or the introduction of private sector processes …” (more)

[Stephen Rogers, Irish Examiner, 12 January]

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Public sector in ongoing search for staff

Posted in Governance and administration on December 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“As in the private sector, employers in the public sector are also increasingly on the hunt for staff. With the recruitment moratorium now ended, many organisations are ramping up campaigns to target members of the diaspora …” (more)

[Charlie Taylor, Irish Times, 27 December]

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Minister Howlin announces reforms to Ireland’s Public Sector Standards Regime

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 18th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Mr Brendan Howlin TD, announced today (Thursday 18 June 2015) that the Government has approved the priority drafting of a Bill to provide for a statutory framework governing public sector disclosure of interests and related matters on a consolidated basis …” (more)

[Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, 18 June]

[It appears that these proposals are meant to include the universities: the draft scheme defines “public body” to include “a higher education institution in receipt of public funds”.]

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Attracting and retaining public service staff a challenge, warns Howlin

Posted in Governance and administration on December 6th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“Government pay policy will pose a key challenge in attracting and retaining a skilled workforce in the public service for the future, the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin has said …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 5 December]

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Number of public service workers below 2005 levels – report

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“The number of people employed in the public service has fallen from 320,000 at its peak in 2008 to 288,000 in 2014 and now stands below the level recorded in 2005, a new report has found …” (more)

[Sunday Business Post, 28 November]


Dáil passes second stage of pay cuts legislation

Posted in Legal issues on May 29th, 2013 by steve

“The Dáil has passed the second stage of the legislation introducing pay cuts in the public service arising out of the Haddington Road Agreement, by 78 votes to 37 …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 29 May]

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Trends in public sector numbers

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

“Have the Troika’s 2014 targets on jobs numbers have already been met? This new working paper by UCD’s Niamh Hardiman and the IPA’s Muiris MacCarthaigh seems to suggest it has …” (more)

[Stephen Kinsella, The Irish Economy, 9 August]


Here we go again

Posted in Governance and administration on March 22nd, 2011 by steve

“It’s open season on public sector workers again. The Sunday Independent has a front-page shock-horror headline – €1bn pay rise bonanza for public sector. Other commentators and employers’ spokespersons have been having their go’s as well. But then there’s Stephen Collins. Stephen has a statistic …” (more)

[Michael Taft, progressive-economy@TASC, 22 March]