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Public servants to get bonuses under Renua reform proposals

Published 04/11/2015 | 02:30

Renua leader Lucinda Creighton said an overhaul of the public service was now needed
Renua leader Lucinda Creighton said an overhaul of the public service was now needed

High-performing public servants will be paid bonuses under a plan being proposed by Renua Ireland.

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The party said managers in the public service would be able to "measure" their productivity as part of its proposals to reform the public service.

But under-performing public servants should also face sanctions, up to and including dismissal, if this is deemed appropriate, the party said.

Renua leader Lucinda Creighton said hard-working public servants had been "poorly led for too long" and that an overhaul was now required.

Asked whether her proposal on performance was effectively a return to a bonus culture, Ms Creighton replied: "You can call it whatever you want."

She added: "We believe in merit, we believe in rewarding merit.

"I think that everyone knows people who work in the public service and civil service who are demoralised, demotivated and, irrespective of how hard they work and how well they perform, it's not recognised and there is no differentiation between them and the person who underperforms - serially underperforms."

But the Dublin Bay South TD is proposing a different system for politicians, where their pay would be linked to key performance indicators.

Irish Independent

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