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Clarity needed on pay of NTMA staff seconded to Department of Finance

23 June, 2011 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin’s Public Expenditure and Reform Spokesperson Mary Lou McDonald TD has welcomed Minister Howlin’s statement in the Dáil today that he is unhappy with the lack of transparency surrounding the pay of NTMA staff seconded to the Department of Finance.

Minister Howlin was responding to questions raised by Deputy McDonald during a Dáil debate on the Ministers & Secretaries (Amendments) Bill.

Deputy McDonald said:

“Minister Howlin this morning confirmed there are currently 10 staff members of the NTMA seconded to the Department of Finance who fulfil public service duties yet are not subject to public sector pay rates.

“The suggestion that there is a two tier salary arrangement within the Department of Finance is simply unacceptable. It is worth remembering that 10% of families in receipt of Family Income Supplement are low paid civil and public service workers. We can be relatively sure that NTMA staff seconded to the Department of Finance enjoy better terms and conditions than their public sector counterparts.

“Minister Howlin has committed to writing to the Minister for Finance on the matter. Whilst Sinn Féin welcomes the Ministers efforts to seek clarity on the pay and conditions of the NTMA staff we want the practice of a two tier salary arrangement in the Department of Finance to end. Bringing additional skills and expertise into the civil service is a positive move but only on the basis that new entrants receive the same pay and conditions as their existing colleagues.” ENDS

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