Cabinet backs down on €75m in cuts over Croke Park fears –


THE GOVERNMENT has admitted to backing down on cutting €75 million in public service allowances over fears it might imperil the Croke Park agreement.

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin acknowledged yesterday the Government would fail to meet its target, with only €3.5 million due to be saved this year.

Under the plans agreed by the Cabinet yesterday, only one allowance out of 1,100 paid across the public service is to be abolished for serving personnel.

This is a representational allowance of up to €218 for staff attending EU meetings.

Other allowances paid to existing personnel may be reviewed or bought out in the future. The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform said it could not identify these allowances to the media due to industrial relations considerations.

Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar said last night that to have pushed ahead with the planned cuts would have jeopardised the continuation of the Croke Park agreement on public service pay and reform.

He said for savings of €75 million “it was not worth throwing the agreement into the bin”.

Aside from the €75 million initially planned, Mr Howlin had promised savings of €150 million in 2013 and another €150 million in 2014 under a previous announcement.

The department was not able to comment on the status of those targets last night.

via Cabinet backs down on €75m in cuts over Croke Park fears – The Irish Times – Wed, Sep 19, 2012.

via Cabinet backs down on €75m in cuts over Croke Park fears – The Irish Times – Wed, Sep 19, 2012.

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