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# Public Sector

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Column: How do you solve a problem like the public sector?
The public sector is old, bewildered and struggling, writes Cormac McGrane. Here’s what we need to do.
# Public Service
Public sector bashing 'has become a blood sport' - Hayes
However, Hayes warned that a cultural change was essential for Ireland’s economic recovery.
# Handover
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.
# One Year In’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?
# Wages
Public service pay drop bigger than in private sector
…but average wages are still falling overall, new figures show.
# Retirements
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.
# Retirements
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.
# Whistleblowers
Government publishes draft legislation aimed at protecting whistleblowers
The final legislation is expected to be published by Minister Brendan Howlin later this year.
# Young Fine Gael
Youth wing of Fine Gael calls for renegotiation of Croke Park Agreement
Young Fine Gael’s national conference has been taking place in Tullamore this weekend.
# Decentralisation
Government to close three decentralised offices - report
RTÉ reports that the closure of decentralised offices of FÁS, the Equality Tribunal, and the Department of the Environment has been given the green light.
'Unavoidable reduction' in health services on the way - Reilly
The health minister said the HSE will have lost 4,200 staff, but insisted this would not lead to unsafe services.
# Health Service
More than 2,000 to retire from health service by end of month
Enda Kenny has given a detailed breakdown of the numbers expected to leave, after fears were raised over the impact on services.
# Gardaí
Government has to fill missing Garda posts - Opposition
Public sector retirements will see 61 vacancies in senior Garda ranks – and the government needs to act to fill these, the Opposition has said.
# Retirements
'Transition teams' set up to manage public sector's pension exodus
Enda Kenny says high-level special units have been established to make sure that retirements next month do not hit services.
# Retirements
McCarthy bemoans Government's "ham-fisted" public retirement scheme
The chairman of An Bord Snip Nua attacks the “very poorly designed” system which may leave the public sector understaffed.
# Public Sector
Howlin: 'Foolish' to say there won't be problems with public sector exodus
The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform has admitted he can’t guarantee there won’t be individual problems caused by the exodus of public sector workers at the end of the month.
# Public Service
Cost of public sector pay rises to be halved this year – Howlin
The length-of-service increments will cost the taxpayer €90million in 2012 – down from €180million last year.
Loss of nearly 2,000 nurses from HSE 'a major blow'
New figures have shown that 3,500 personnel – the vast majority of them nurses – are due to leave the HSE by the end of February.
# Croke Park Deal
Majority of FG-Lab councillors want Croke Park deal changed - survey
A survey carried out by a Fine Gael senator finds that two-thirds of FG and Labour councillors would back amending the deal.
# public sector reform
Public sector reforms need 'more urgency' to succeed - Hayes
The Minister of State has warned that pay cuts will be back on the agenda if Croke Park changes are not pushed through.
# Croke Park Deal
Croke Park Deal may be renegotiated if economy slumps - Rabbitte
The communications minister says a torrid economy could well force the government to revisit the current public pay deal.
# Public Sector
Public service will lose 9,000 staff in next three months - Howlin
Public expenditure minister Brendan Howlin says around 9,000 staff will take advantage of a handsome pension deal and retire.
# open thread
Let us know: What do you think of the Budget so far?
One Budget day down, one to go – and we’re looking for your thoughts about the proceedings so far…
# big mouth
BBC receives more than 20,000 complaints over Jeremy Clarkson 'joke'
The controversial ‘Top Gear’ presenter joked that striking public sector workers should be shot in front of their families.
HSE rolls back on expenses row
The HSE had said that it wouldn’t pay travel expenses to its staff – but reversed the decision following a meeting between the Minister for Health and the head of the HSE.
# United Kingdom
Two million staff on strike, in UK's biggest action since 1979
Public sector workers are striking, over government proposals to make staff work longer and pay more in order to earn pensions.
Column: Pity Kevin Cardiff – he never signed up for public scrutiny
Cardiff’s humiliation at the EU was a rare example of political transparency – something our civil servants are far from familiar with, writes Aaron McKenna.
# Budget 2012
Budget leaks: Dublin and Brussels in €300m dispute over public pay bill
The government says cutting public jobs will save €2.5bn by 2015 – but the European Commission’s draft report is far less optimistic.
# Public Sector
Public service reform plans are 'weak' and 'wrong' says opposition
The government has been criticised for proposing to cut 23,500 jobs in the public sector over the next four years.
# Public Sector
Decentralisation scrapped and over 23,000 public sector jobs to go by 2015
The government has outlined plans which also include the merging of nearly 50 state agencies.
Government announcement on public sector and quangos
Text coverage of the government’s announcements on reducing public sector numbers and killing off quangos, as it happened.
# Public Sector
Government to unveil public service reform plans
The public service reforms to be announced will see less of a reduction in staff numbers in the public sector than had been pledged in the programme for government.
# Public Sector
Public sector numbers at lowest since 2006 - report
Figures to be published on Thursday will confirm that the public sector will have fallen under 300,000 for the first time in five years.