Creighton in war of words with LRC boss – National News – Independent.ie
THE government minister Lucinda Creighton has claimed the high-profile chief executive of the Labour Relations Commission (LRC), Kieran Mulvey, is “compromised” when it comes to public comments on the Croke Park Agreement by his own status as a major beneficiary of the benchmarking process.
Ms Creighton was responding to Mr Mulvey’s critique earlier last week of “a junior minister making pronouncements on half-a-dozen issues”.
It’s believed this referred to an interview in which Ms Creighton expressed concerns about the Croke Park Agreement.
Speaking to the Sunday Independent, an incandescent Ms Creighton said that the chairperson of the LRC “does not have the right to tell politicians or political parties what they should say or think”. She said he was “over-reaching his position” and should “concentrate on what he is actually supposed to be doing”.
“Croke Park is not some sacred text that cannot be commented on and criticised,” she said.
“It is a bit rich for someone who was as cosseted as he was by benchmarking to state the Croke Park Agreement is un-breakable,” she added. And she warned that this relationship “compromises his independence and leaves him open to the suggestion that he has a coloured perspective”.
It is believed Ms Creighton was referring to Mr Mulvey’s own submission to the benchmarking process of 2008 where the LRC head secured a 14 per cent salary increase