‘One Hundred days into the new Government, Minister Brendan Howlin still lacks statutory powers or authority to implement the much needed changes to the public sector and public expenditure in general’ says Fianna Fáil Seanad Spokesperson on Public Expenditure & Financial Sector Reform, Thomas Byrne.

‘We are still awaiting the Ministers and Secretaries (Amendment) Bill 2011 to pass both Dáil Éireann and Seanad Éireann to allow for the reorganisation of Government Departments which was announced by Taoiseach Enda Kenny last March and to allow Minister Howlin to exercise power’ added Byrne.  “He is effectively a deputy to Michael Noonan at the minute but with full cabinet salary”.

‘We need the Government to up the ante when it comes to these issues. The Irish Tax Payer needs Minister Howlin to have his full powers if we are to make the difficult yet absolutely necessary changes to how our public expenditure is dealt with’ said Byrne.

‘Enough is enough. The very fact that Minister Howlin is the Minister responsible for Public Sector Reform, in office but not in power, clearly shows the absolute need this country has for a radical reform of how our public sector operates’ concluded Senator Byrne.