Responding to questions raised by Mary Lou McDonald TD at a Dáil committee Public Expenditure and Reform Minister Brendan Howlin conceded that he would consider using monies raised from the sale of state assets to fund a HSE voluntary redundancy scheme.
The Sinn Féin Public Expenditure and Reform Spokesperson said:
“Selling off the family silver is bad enough but to use this money to fund another public sector redundancy scheme is a shocking admission by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform.
“Commercial state companies have been built up over decades providing essential utilities paid for by generations of citizens. Investment in job creation and critical infrastructure is not reliant on the sale of these assets. Government has a number of funding options for such projects.
“It will certainly stick in the craw of many citizens that the Minister responsible for Public Expenditure is considering using the monies raised from the sale of state assets to further deplete numbers working in the public sector.”