Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Public Expenditure on Reform Seán Fleming has said he is surprised the Government has announced a new redundancy programme for the public service with no costings, timeline or an impact assessment on services at this time. It is hard avoid the conclusion that this has been forced on Minister Howlin given his high profile failure to deliver any savings in the area of public sector allowances.

Deputy Fleming said: “True to form, the Government has sought headline grabbing announcements that give the appearance of action but fail to provide any detail.

Minister Howlin has failed to provide:

  • Detailed information on how many further redundancies are being sought
  • A cost-benefit-analysis of further reductions and an impact assessment on frontline services
  • A specific timeline for the redundancy programme
  • Who much is this latest plan actually going to save citizens?

Deputy Fleming said: “It is crucial that frontline services are protected and further redundancies must not impact on policing, health care or take more teachers out of the classroom.  If the government is honestly considering allowing more Gardai and nurses to leave the public service it will seriously affect public services and call into question the continued imposition of the recruitment moratorium.

“Minister Howlin must provide detailed information on the plan as a matter of urgency.  The public will rightly be suspicious of more headline grabbing announcements from the government given that both Fine Gael and Labour have little record of delivery on real reform.”