Public Sector Allowances

Statement by Brendan Griffin TD
 
KERRY Fine Gael TD, Brendan Griffin, is calling for the Secretaries General of
the Departments of Education and Social Protection to appear before the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Social Protection to explain the business cases made in relation to allowances paid by those departments.
 
Deputy Griffin has written to Committee Chairman, Deputy Damien English, requesting that the Committee would consider his proposal.
 
“In wake of the recent review of public sector allowances, I have requested that the Committee would call on the Secretaries General of the Departments of Education and Social Protection to come before the Committee as a matter of urgency to explain the business cases made in relation to the allowances paid by their Departments.
 
“I believe that it is in the public interest that full, open and thorough discussion would take place in relation to the eight hundred business cases that have been made in relation to over one thousand allowances across the public sector that cost the State one and a half billion euro per annum.
 
“I hope that my fellow Committee members will agree to my proposal, as I feel that this would be a very worthwhile exercise.
 
“Like many others, I am extremely disappointed with the lack of progress on this issue. I believe that the State could potentially save significant amounts from some allowances that are currently being received by higher earning public servants. Scrutiny at Committee level would help inform debate on this issue and I hope that this would happen as a matter of urgency.”
 
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