Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Public Expenditure & Reform Dara Calleary has welcomed confirmation from Minister Paschal Donohoe that work on the report on pay equalisation in the public sector has begun and that it will be published within the next three months.

On foot of a Fianna Fáil amendment to the Public Service Pay & Pension Act 2017, Minister Donohoe will bring a report outlining a costed plan to deal with pay equalisation for new entrants to the public service before the Oireachtas.

Deputy Calleary commented, “After months of calling on the government to deal with the issue of equal pay for nurses, teachers, Gardaí and other public servants, who took up their posts after 2011 and who are being paid significantly less than many people who they are working alongside. This inequality is not acceptable and my party has continued to put pressure on Ministers to address this issue.

“A Fianna Fáil amendment to the Public Service Pay & Pension Act 2017, which was accepted by government, will ensure that a report into the cost of pay equalisation will be published in a matter of months, and it guarantees that its recommendations will be implemented. The commitment to pay equality for new entrants was a key demand in the Confidence & Supply arrangement, and I will continue to keep pressure on Minister Donohoe to ensure it is delivered.

“I welcome the Minister’s commitment to meet the deadline on the publication of this report. It is the first step in securing pay equality for new entrants to the public service and I remain hopeful that Minister Donohoe will bring the report recommendations before the Dáil and Seanad within the agreed timeframe”.