Thursday 23 March 2017

Public sector reform -- where they clash

Fine Gael

Get 30,000 voluntary redundancies in public sector over next five years.

Appoint new cabinet minister for public sector reform.

Abolish or merge 145 named quangos, including dismantling HSE and FAS.

A comprehensive spending review of all public spending.

Set up an independent body to cost all Budget measures (as agreed with IMF and EU).

Restore the Freedom of Information Act gutted by the Fianna Fail-PD Government.

Appoint private sector experts to fill one-third of the senior positions in the Department of Finance.

Cost of public sector redundancies: up to €1bn

Labour

Get 18,000 voluntary redundancies in the public sector over the next three years.

Establish an Office of Public Sector Reform, headed by a cabinet minister, for a limited period.

Reduce the number of quangos, and replace FAS with a National Employment Agency.

Make ministers and senior civil servants legally accountable for decisions they take.

A comprehensive spending review of all public spending.

Set up an independent body to cost all Budget measures (as agreed with IMF and EU).

Restore the Freedom of Information Act gutted by the Fianna Fail-PD Government.

Cost of public sector redundancies: not stated

Irish Independent

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