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# public-service - Wednesday 30 January, 2013

Column: TDs’ pensions should reflect Ireland’s economic reality
# Pensions
# Pensions

Column: TDs’ pensions should reflect Ireland’s economic reality

Jan 30th 2013, 7:00 PM 443 Views 59 Comments

Politicians are just the same as other public servants – and their expenses should be reduced in line with the sacrifices being made across the country, writes Sarah O’Neill.

# public-service - Saturday 26 January, 2013

Rouen, Robin Hood and Real Madrid: The week in numbers
# Apple
# Apple

Rouen, Robin Hood and Real Madrid: The week in numbers

Jan 26th 2013, 7:30 PM 6,431 Views 4 Comments

Also, how many of Kerry’s councillors actually favour relaxed drink-driving rules? And just how rich is Apple?

# public-service - Tuesday 22 January, 2013

Government shrugs off EU fears to proceeds with public job cuts
# Public Service
# Public Service

Government shrugs off EU fears to proceeds with public job cuts

Jan 22nd 2013, 6:58 PM 8,073 Views 71 Comments

Brendan Howlin today confirmed he was continuing with plans to cut public staff numbers by 9,500 in two years.

# public-service - Sunday 20 January, 2013

Public sector pay cuts not ruled out, increments on the table - Taoiseach
# Enda On TV
# Enda On TV

Public sector pay cuts not ruled out, increments on the table - Taoiseach

Jan 20th 2013, 1:09 PM 15,146 Views 209 Comments

In a wide-ranging interview with RTÉ, the Taoiseach also said that he was “not in the business of providing abortion on demand” and said the Anglo promissory note would be restructured.

# public-service - Saturday 12 January, 2013

Plans to cut another 9,500 public jobs are 'too costly', says Troika
# Euroleaks
# Euroleaks

Plans to cut another 9,500 public jobs are 'too costly', says Troika

Jan 12th 2013, 7:30 AM 8,814 Views 22 Comments

A leaked European Commission report raises questions over Brendan Howlin’s plans to further downsize the public sector.

# public-service - Friday 11 January, 2013

Troika wants less pay, more hours for public sector workers
# Euroleaks
# Euroleaks

Troika wants less pay, more hours for public sector workers

Jan 11th 2013, 11:25 AM 17,124 Views 174 Comments

A draft Troika report, obtained by TheJournal.ie, reveals suggestions that the Croke Park Agreement may not go far enough.

# public-service - Thursday 3 January, 2013

Howlin activates new 'average earnings' pensions scheme for public workers
# Public Pensions
# Public Pensions

Howlin activates new 'average earnings' pensions scheme for public workers

Jan 3rd 2013, 12:29 PM 10,313 Views 35 Comments

Any new entrant to the public sector will have their final pension calculated based on their average wage, not their final salary.

# public-service - Saturday 15 December, 2012

Aaron McKenna: Plight of nurses exposes futility of the Croke Park deal
# Opinion
# Opinion

Aaron McKenna: Plight of nurses exposes futility of the Croke Park deal

Dec 15th 2012, 8:15 AM 64 Views 110 Comments

We’re breaking the hiring freeze to staff our health service – and the new entrants will be taking the pay cuts nobody else wants.

# public-service - Sunday 25 November, 2012

Howlin says public jobs, low-level pay rates remain off the table
# Croke Park
# Croke Park

Howlin says public jobs, low-level pay rates remain off the table

Nov 25th 2012, 2:48 PM 8,445 Views 77 Comments

Brendan Howlin says talks this week on getting more from the Croke Park Deal will not touch lower pay rates.

# public-service - Wednesday 21 November, 2012

Howlin wants to extend Croke Park to 2016 and make extra €1bn savings
# Croke Park Agreement
# Croke Park Agreement

Howlin wants to extend Croke Park to 2016 and make extra €1bn savings

Nov 21st 2012, 10:03 AM 5,292 Views 61 Comments

The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform plans to meet with public sector unions next week.

# public-service - Tuesday 20 November, 2012

Government asks unions to attend talks on improving Croke Park savings
# Croke Park Deal
# Croke Park Deal

Government asks unions to attend talks on improving Croke Park savings

Nov 20th 2012, 2:09 PM 4,699 Views 35 Comments

Brendan Howlin says depending on how the first talks ago, the parties might start negotiations on a successor to Croke Park.

# public-service - Thursday 8 November, 2012

More than €166m in allowances paid to HSE staff last year
# Allowances
# Allowances

More than €166m in allowances paid to HSE staff last year

Nov 8th 2012, 4:14 PM 5,303 Views 23 Comments

HSE representatives appearing before the Public Accounts Commitee said most allowances are paid to frontline service provision staff.

# public-service - Friday 2 November, 2012

Column: Public sector increments are like a parallel universe
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Public sector increments are like a parallel universe

Nov 2nd 2012, 7:00 AM 637 Views 199 Comments

Imagine asking for a pay rise after your business goes bust. That’s the reality of increments, writes Keith Redmond.

# public-service - Saturday 27 October, 2012

Government launches performance measure website
# Ireland Stat
# Ireland Stat

Government launches performance measure website

Oct 27th 2012, 12:22 PM 6,562 Views 50 Comments

How is Ireland doing? The Government has launched a pilot performance measurement website Ireland Stat to answer that question.

# public-service - Sunday 21 October, 2012

In numbers: How much government spending is protected under Croke Park?
# Croke Park Deal
# Croke Park Deal

In numbers: How much government spending is protected under Croke Park?

Oct 21st 2012, 8:45 AM 8,306 Views 29 Comments

Public pay and pensions can’t be touched under Croke Park. So just how much of public spending does that make up?

# public-service - Thursday 11 October, 2012

Gilmore: 'Individual departments' to pursue public sector allowance cuts
# Allowances
# Allowances

Gilmore: 'Individual departments' to pursue public sector allowance cuts

Oct 11th 2012, 11:53 AM 2,972 Views 11 Comments

The Tánaiste says the planned removal of public sector allowances will be done in “accordance with industrial relation procedures”.

# public-service - Tuesday 9 October, 2012

VIDEO: Sesame Street ask Barack Obama to take down Big Bird ad
# Yellow Peril
# Yellow Peril

VIDEO: Sesame Street ask Barack Obama to take down Big Bird ad

Oct 9th 2012, 9:30 PM 12,358 Views 12 Comments

The Barack Obama campaign has made an ad mocking Mitt Romney over his Big Bird comments – but Sesame Street isn’t happy.

# public-service - Wednesday 26 September, 2012

Greek workers begin another general strike
# Eurozone
# Eurozone

Greek workers begin another general strike

Sep 26th 2012, 8:55 AM 2,176 Views 32 Comments

Protests are also planned against the latest round of austerity measures.

# public-service - Tuesday 25 September, 2012

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

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

Sep 25th 2012, 7:30 AM 33 Views 81 Comments

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

# public-service - Monday 24 September, 2012

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

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

Sep 24th 2012, 2:15 PM 8,030 Views 81 Comments

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-service - Sunday 23 September, 2012

Croke Park Agreement: Where do the political parties stand?
# Croke Park Agreement
# Croke Park Agreement

Croke Park Agreement: Where do the political parties stand?

Sep 23rd 2012, 8:45 AM 6,860 Views 55 Comments

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-service - Thursday 20 September, 2012

Dáil public accounts committee to examine public sector allowances
# Allowances
# Allowances

Dáil public accounts committee to examine public sector allowances

Sep 20th 2012, 8:41 PM 6,063 Views 47 Comments

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

# public-service - Wednesday 19 September, 2012

Teachers' unions criticise allowance decisions as cuts to salary
# Allowances
# Allowances

Teachers' unions criticise allowance decisions as cuts to salary

Sep 19th 2012, 7:47 AM 8,426 Views 142 Comments

The Irish National Teachers’ Organisation says enforcing cuts originally introduced in the Budget means a third successive pay cut.

# public-service - Tuesday 18 September, 2012

Public Sector Allowances: The ones they *might* change
# Allowances
# Allowances

Public Sector Allowances: The ones they *might* change

Sep 18th 2012, 7:56 PM 19,129 Views 53 Comments

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
# Allowances
# Allowances

Public Sector Allowances: The ones they want to keep

Sep 18th 2012, 7:56 PM 21,256 Views 42 Comments

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
# Allowances
# Allowances

Public Sector Allowances: The ones they want abolished

Sep 18th 2012, 7:56 PM 16,822 Views 27 Comments

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-service - Sunday 16 September, 2012

Teachers respond to Taoiseach's 40-hour-week request
# Education
# Education

Teachers respond to Taoiseach's 40-hour-week request

Sep 16th 2012, 2:09 PM 24,808 Views 220 Comments

Teachers’ unions say they already work more than 40 hours a week – and more than their counterparts across the globe.

# public-service - Friday 14 September, 2012

How does the new public petitions system work?
# Petitions
# Petitions

How does the new public petitions system work?

Sep 14th 2012, 11:06 AM 6,398 Views 17 Comments

The new system will allow citizens to get their issues “into the centre of parliament” – here’s more on how it works.

# public-service - Tuesday 11 September, 2012

More gardaí on duty at certain times under roster changes
# Gardaí
# Gardaí

More gardaí on duty at certain times under roster changes

Sep 11th 2012, 5:24 PM 9,604 Views 60 Comments

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

# public-service - Monday 10 September, 2012

Ministers affirm government commitment to seeing out Croke Park deal
# Croke Park Deal
# Croke Park Deal

Ministers affirm government commitment to seeing out Croke Park deal

Sep 10th 2012, 10:26 AM 3,724 Views 62 Comments

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

# public-service - Sunday 9 September, 2012

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

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

Sep 9th 2012, 2:04 PM 6,231 Views 68 Comments

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-service - Friday 31 August, 2012

Reilly indicates renegotiation of Croke Park Agreement may be needed
# Health
# Health

Reilly indicates renegotiation of Croke Park Agreement may be needed

Aug 31st 2012, 7:11 PM 7,496 Views 117 Comments

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-service - Saturday 28 July, 2012

Civil service pay rises to be linked with stricter performance reviews
# Civil Service
# Civil Service

Civil service pay rises to be linked with stricter performance reviews

Jul 28th 2012, 2:31 PM 6,063 Views 93 Comments

The changes in performance management were announced by Minister Howlin this week.

# public-service - Monday 23 July, 2012

# public-service - Thursday 19 July, 2012

Public service sick leave halved for most employees
# Sick Leave
# Sick Leave

Public service sick leave halved for most employees

Jul 19th 2012, 1:25 PM 11,837 Views 106 Comments

The amount of paid sick leave is to be reduced from six months to three months.

# public-service - Saturday 7 July, 2012

Everything you need to know about the Croke Park Agreement
# Explainer
# Explainer

Everything you need to know about the Croke Park Agreement

Jul 7th 2012, 8:45 AM 15,321 Views 85 Comments

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-service - Wednesday 4 July, 2012

Public service allowances: see all the figures for yourself
# Allowances
# Allowances

Public service allowances: see all the figures for yourself

Jul 4th 2012, 1:13 PM 32,994 Views 112 Comments

From cost of living allowances to clothing payments… all the info is here.

Explainer: How much sick leave can civil servants take?
# Sick Leave
# Sick Leave

Explainer: How much sick leave can civil servants take?

Jul 4th 2012, 10:39 AM 22,411 Views 34 Comments

Here’s what the official regulations say…

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

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

Jul 4th 2012, 9:01 AM 4,896 Views 100 Comments

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

# public-service - Thursday 28 June, 2012

Howlin insists: If Unions keep Croke Park commitments, we’ll keep ours
# Croke Park Deal
# Croke Park Deal

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

Jun 28th 2012, 1:03 PM 3,649 Views 60 Comments

The public expenditure minister tells the Dáil that lower-paid public servants will not have their increments cut.