Fianna Fáil Frontbench Spokesperson on Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation Willie O’Dea has questioned whether Jobs Minister Richard Bruton is in breach of the Cabinet Handbook following the Minister’s ‘solo run’ on cutting wages of low paid workers.
He commented, “We were assured in the Dáil yesterday by Minister Howlin and subsequently in comments by the Taoiseach that these leaked proposals on cutting the terms and conditions of low paid workers represented the “personal agenda” of Richard Bruton and that no Cabinet view had been taken on them.
“If this is correct, it would appear to be a clear breach of the Government’s Cabinet Handbook, the first page of which clearly states that ‘Ministers and Ministers of State should be aware that Government approval is required for significant new or revised policies or strategies and in particular that approval should be sought sufficiently in advance of publication of such initiatives to allow proper consultation and consideration’.“
“The decision of Minister Bruton to go beyond the terms of the Duffy Report and introduce his own ideology, presenting it as Government policy, has caused a great deal of concern among the workers impacted by these new developments. The fact that in doing so he has also appeared to breach the Cabinet Handbook is very serious and should be addressed publicly by the Taoiseach.”