PAC Move on Allowances “Progress”- Griffin
Statement by Brendan Griffin TD (FG) Kerry
Friday, September 21st, 2012.
KERRY Fine Gael TD, Brendan Griffin, has welcomed as “progress” moves by the Dail Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to examine allowance payments of €1.5 billion across the public sector.
Deputy Griffin says that every opportunity for tax payers money to be saved needs to be scrutinised and believes that many millions could be kept for vital services by adjusting allowances for higher earning public servants.
“I enthusiastically welcome the call by my colleague, Deputy Eoghan Murphy, for the PAC to examine over 1,000 allowances across the public sector. I believe that there is considerable scope to find significant savings from the one thousand, five hundred million euro annual allowances bill.
“My priority in the forthcoming budget is to see vital services protected, particularly for older people, children, the sick and people with disabilities.
“Hopefully, the work of the PAC will help inform Government on how savings can be made.
“I also believe that punishing new entrants now, whilst failing to address problems with existing allowances will lead to a two-tier public service long-term, with huge potential for industrial unrest. This is something that should not be allowed to happen.”