Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Public Expenditure and Reform Seán Fleming TD has described the Second Report on the Croke Park Agreement as deficient.
Commenting on the Report Deputy Fleming said: “There are some very interesting and good examples of payroll and non-pay savings in the public service but there is no mention whatever of the costs incurred to achieve these savings.
“This report only gives half the picture of the overall costs and benefits of the Croke Park Agreement. A report that details the benefits but not the costs is by definition seriously deficient and does not give an overall comprehensive view of what is going on in the public service.
“The report gives details of the staff reductions but gives no specific information on the severance payments associated with these reductions. I am calling on Minister Howlin to provide this full and complete information as he has up to now refused to do so.
“Minister Howlin and the Labour Party in opposition refused to support the Croke Park Agreement during the crucial negotiating phase. I welcome his conversion to supporting the Agreement now that he a Minister.
“The Croke Park Agreement does offer an opportunity and a mechanism for major public sector reform and cost reductions. However all involved will have to achieve much more in the coming years than they have to date.
“It is clear from the report that the Government has taken its foot off the pedal in reducing the exchequer pay bill. From 2009-2011 the average annual reduction in the Exchequer pay bill was 4%. However the target that the Government has set from 2012-2015 is an average reduction of 1.75%, less than half of what has been achieved up to now.”
Deputy Fleming concluded: “I am asking Minister Howlin to fill-in the information gaps in relation to the costs involved that have not been provided by the Implementation Body.”