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#Public Sector

# public-sector - Tuesday 25 September, 2012

Column: Moaning about allowances lets us ignore Ireland’s real problems

Public sector allowances are small fry – but the media storm is a distraction from the real bad news, writes Michael Taft.

# public-sector - Monday 24 September, 2012

Howlin defends progress in public sector reform despite allowances hurdle

Brendan Howlin says the results of the review on public sector allowances will lead to substantial savings over time.

Hayes: Public sector salaries over €100k have to be looked at

The junior finance minister says that salaries of over €100,000 paid to people in the public sector is “the biggest area” the government needs to look at.

# public-sector - Sunday 23 September, 2012

Croke Park Agreement: Where do the political parties stand?

We’ve asked all of the political parties and a smattering of independents to outline clearly and in detail their position on the Croke Park Agreement on public sector pay and reform. Here is what they said…

# public-sector - Thursday 20 September, 2012

Dáil public accounts committee to examine public sector allowances

The committee is to scrutinise the controversial allowances to public sector workers following news that savings targeted this year will not be met.

# public-sector - Wednesday 19 September, 2012

Kenny defends small savings from cuts to public allowances

The Taoiseach says the government remains committed to implementing the Croke Park deal despite missing targets on public allowances.

# public-sector - Tuesday 18 September, 2012

Public Sector Allowances: The ones they *might* change

These allowances still stand but might be modified for future appointees: Secretaries to ministers and taoisigh; giving advice on keeping people safe on winter roads; taxi allowances and more…

Public Sector Allowances: The ones they want to keep

Gardaí are to keep their dog handling, uniform cleaning and boot allowances, while teachers with more than 35 years service will continue to receive a corresponding allowance.

Public Sector Allowances: The ones they want abolished

New appointees in the public/civil sector may no longer get allowances for things you may not have known they were entitled to… like not leaking exam papers and for “night attire”.

# public-sector - Saturday 15 September, 2012

Column: We just can’t afford it any more – the case against Croke Park

Public sector workers have seen their average wages rise while others fall – and this can’t continue, writes Keith Redmond.

# public-sector - Tuesday 11 September, 2012

More gardaí on duty at certain times under roster changes

Changes to the An Garda Síochána’s roster and working time arrangements have been agreed and implemented, the Garda commissioner said this evening.

# public-sector - Monday 10 September, 2012

Ministers affirm government commitment to seeing out Croke Park deal

Both Pat Rabbitte and Richard Bruton say the current deal runs until 2014 – and the government plans to see it through.

# public-sector - Sunday 9 September, 2012

Croke Park talks needed in 'six to eight months if not sooner' - Varadkar

Transport Minister Leo Varadkar has said that negotiations over the extension or renegotiation of the Croke Park Agreement will be needed within the “next six to eight months if not sooner”.

# public-sector - Friday 31 August, 2012

Reilly indicates renegotiation of Croke Park Agreement may be needed

The Health Minister was responding to questions about the financial problems in the health service following the HSE’s announcement of €130 million of cost saving measures.

# public-sector - Wednesday 29 August, 2012

Average industrial wage down by 3.3 per cent in second quarter Pay

Average industrial wage down by 3.3 per cent in second quarter

The average industrial worker now earns €41,807 a year; the average salary across all sectors is down to €35,768.

# public-sector - Monday 16 July, 2012

Bruton says sick pay row is a private matter for Cabinet

Last week the minister circulated a briefing document criticising Minister Joan Burton’s proposal to increase the number of sick pay days an employers pays.

# public-sector - Saturday 7 July, 2012

Everything you need to know about the Croke Park Agreement

It is a key agreement between government and the public service representatives but just what exactly is the Public Service Agreement, as it is officially known, all about and why does it create so many talking points?

# public-sector - Wednesday 4 July, 2012

Poll: Should a doctor's note be needed for all sick days? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should a doctor's note be needed for all sick days?

Sick leave costs the Government and businesses millions every year. So should employees have to provide proof?

€26million: The annual bill for sick leave in the civil service

In one Government department, the average employee had a day off sick every three weeks.

# public-sector - Thursday 28 June, 2012

Pension changes to impact former taoisigh and those on “Rolls Royce” salaries

A proposed new scheme will benefit lower paid public servants, says Minister Brendan Howlin.

# public-sector - Monday 25 June, 2012

The 5 at 5: Monday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

Poll: Should the Croke Park Agreement be renegotiated? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should the Croke Park Agreement be renegotiated?

Health minister James Reilly has raised the possibility of cutting some health service pay rates – but this would breach the deal. What do you think?

# public-sector - Sunday 17 June, 2012

Croke Park agreement 'should not exist at all' - Eddie Hobbs

The financial advisor and broadcaster said the deal cocooned higher-level public servants and targeted cuts at the most vulnerable.

# public-sector - Friday 15 June, 2012

The 5 at 5: Friday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

Croke Park deal: Unions reject Varadkar suggestion to allow redundancies

Trade unions are confused by the logic behind Leo Varadkar’s suggestions that some public staff should be laid off.

# public-sector - Wednesday 13 June, 2012

'Croke Park must deliver more savings': Mixed reaction to latest review

While business group Chambers Ireland called for more cuts in the public sector, unions pointed to the effect the agreement has had on the lower-paid in the public service.

Croke Park deal saved €920m in second year, report says

The Implementation Body for the public service pay deal says savings of €900m have been made between pay and non-pay.

Greece has money to pay bills until 20th July: report

Greece has about €2 billion to pay salaries and pensions until 20th July, according to media reports.

# public-sector - Saturday 19 May, 2012

Column: It’s time to privatise RTÉ and the DAA. Offload them now.

The two troubled semi-states are living in fantasyland, writes Aaron McKenna. Why should we keep them there?

# public-sector - Wednesday 25 April, 2012

Howlin confirms review of €1.5bn of public sector allowances

One union says it expects the review of some 800 different allowances and that some will go.

# public-sector - Tuesday 10 April, 2012

Teachers warn of strike ballots if allowances are cut

Both the TUI and ASTI say they will consider any cuts to teachers’ allowances as a breach of the Croke Park Agreement.

# public-sector - Saturday 7 April, 2012

# public-sector - Thursday 29 March, 2012

Public sector bashing 'has become a blood sport' - Hayes

However, Hayes warned that a cultural change was essential for Ireland’s economic recovery.

# public-sector - Monday 26 March, 2012

Former Dublin Garda station leased to childcare company

Minister of State Brian Hayes said that he was open to leasing other State properties to businesses and the community.

# public-sector - Friday 9 March, 2012

TheJournal.ie’s progress report for the Government: Public sector reform

The government promised to cut public sector numbers, increase accountability and improve performance. What’s happened?

# public-sector - Saturday 3 March, 2012

Public service pay drop bigger than in private sector

…but average wages are still falling overall, new figures show.

# public-sector - Friday 2 March, 2012

Over 7,000 applied to retire from public sector last month

Brendan Howlin says that the number of staff in the public sector has fallen by more than the target set for 2011.

# public-sector - Tuesday 28 February, 2012

Most Government departments seeking new staff to cope with retirements

More than 1,200 staff have retired from the civil service since January – almost twice the number expected in the whole of 2013.

Column: The public sector isn’t there to provide jobs, it’s there to work for us

Truly intelligent efficiencies would deliver more fulfilled workers as well as better services, writes Aaron McKenna.

# public-sector - Monday 27 February, 2012

Government publishes draft legislation aimed at protecting whistleblowers

The final legislation is expected to be published by Minister Brendan Howlin later this year.