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Howlin should tackle upper echelons public sector pay: McDonald

18 September, 2012 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has this evening called on the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform to once and for all tackle excessive pay across the upper echelons of the public sector.

Responding to the Ministers failure to meet his projected savings for public sector allowances and premium payments Deputy McDonald said:

“There has been no public scrutiny ofthese allowances. Minister Howlin has conducted his review in private with no Oireachtas oversight.

“Of course the reality is if the Government is serious about achieving saving from the public sector pay bill it needs to step up and tackle excessive pay across the top of the public sector once and for all. Secretaries’ General, hospital consultants, special advisors and indeed Government Ministers are all in receipt of annual salaries way above and beyond what their European counterparts earn. Capping excessive pay at the top could yield the public sector pay bill an annual saving of €265 million.

“Middle and low income workers across the civil and public sector cannot continue to be the target of Government cuts to pay. Brendan Howlin regularly defends the pay of high rollers yet refuses to even acknowledge the inequities in pay between those at the top and bottom of the sector. It simply does not make sense that hospital consultants, senior civil servants and the Taoiseach get paid more than the French President or Spanish Prime Minister.” ENDS

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