|Minister Howlin and Taoiseach Enda Kenny pictured at the Infrastructure Stimulus Press Briefing, Government Buildings, Dublin, July 17, 2012.
Irish Economy: Brendan Howlin, minister for public expenditure and reform, says
claimed Croke Park savings from public service 'reforms' are 'accurate' but
it's easy to claim non- pay savings when benchmarked against bubble-time highs when
spending was out-of-control. Meanwhile, pay savings are benchmarked against 2008 when pay cuts and a pensions levy were imposed.
claimed savings on the "pay bill," note that claimed savings do not include
the additional pension costs and if 2006, the peak year of the bubble was
used as a benchmark, there would be NO savings in the payroll bill by
Besides, how about accruing the costs of voluntary redundancies in an unreformed
pension system linked with current earnings over 25-30 years for new retirees?
SEE: Finfacts article June 2012;
Howlin lauds sham cost savings in Croke Park public service agreement
their report earlier this year Grant Thornton made clear that they were
satisfied with the savings they examined including those of the Department of
Agriculture. They concluded “the declared
savings reported by management in each of the four projects were found to be
understand that Grant Thornton spoke with Deputy Eoghan Murphy and confirmed
that they were
satisfied with all the savings reported.
There is no conclusion in their report that savings were overestimated.
Pay bill savings reported under the Agreement are based on
the average annualised savings per employee arising from the reduction in staff
numbers across the public service during the relevant review period as well as
other reductions in the costs of the public service pay bill.
The €810m in such savings reported by the Body are an
accurate reflection of the pay bill savings facilitated by the Agreement and are
in no way overestimated.
In relation to the headline in today’s Irish Times, “Troika
is dissatisfied with scale of Croke Park savings”, the Troika has never
expressed concern in respect of the Croke Park savings, a fact that we have
confirmed with the Troika today."
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