Readers like you keep news free for everyone.

More than 5,000 readers have already pitched in to keep free access to The Journal.

For the price of one cup of coffee each week you can help keep paywalls away.

Support us today
Not now
Monday 5 June 2023 Dublin: 7°C

# Public Sector

All time
# Croke Park Deal
In numbers: How much government spending is protected under Croke Park?
Public pay and pensions can’t be touched under Croke Park. So just how much of public spending does that make up?
# Allowances
Review could see TDs recommend cuts to their own allowances
The Public Accounts Committee is to review allowances paid to ministers and others – and could ask for them to be cut.
# Croke Park
Troika have no issue with reported Croke Park savings – government
The Department of Public Expenditure says it’s checked with the Troika – and there’s no worries about the reported savings.
# Croke Park
Fine Gael TDs challenge Government stance on Croke Park
The eight TDs argue in today’s Irish Examiner that “protecting core pay” does not equate to supporting incremental pay increases and allowances for high earners.
# Allowances
Gilmore: 'Individual departments' to pursue public sector allowance cuts
The Tánaiste says the planned removal of public sector allowances will be done in “accordance with industrial relation procedures”.
# Croke Park Agreement
IBEC's wish list: Stop public sector pay increments, increase working hours
The calls for change come ahead of a Public Accounts Committee hearing on the Public Service Reform
# Defence Forces
Government criticised over Defence Force allowances and Ombudsman downgrade
PDFORRA has said members are not entitled to overtime and so allowances are part of core pay.
# Budget 2013
Taxes on texts and junk food proposed by Social Justice Ireland
Social Justice Ireland that a €3.5bn budget adjustment can be achieved without cutting social welfare or child benefit.
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.
# Allowances
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.
# Public Sector
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.
# Croke Park Agreement
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…
# Allowances
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.
# Leaders' Questions
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.
# Allowances
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…
# Allowances
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.
# Allowances
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”.
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.
# Gardaí
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.
# Croke Park Deal
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.
# Croke Park Agreement
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”.
# Health
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.
# 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.
# Sick Pay
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.
# Explainer
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?
# Your Say
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?
# Sick Leave
€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.
# Pensions
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.
# Your Say
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?
# Croke Park
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.
# Croke Park Deal
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.
# Croke Park Agreement
'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
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
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.
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
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.
# Croke Park Deal
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.