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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Quinn defends cost review of allowances

Published 26/10/2012 | 05:00

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EDUCATION Minister Ruairi Quinn has defended the latest cost-cutting review of 68 allowances paid to teachers and other staff under his wing, writes Katherine Donnelly.

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He said they had to "look at everything".

Teachers' unions have made it clear that they would regard any cuts in the allowances of existing staff as a breach of the Croke Park agreement.

But Mr Quinn told the Irish Independent that the question of whether "they are part of core pay or not, this is a matter that will have to be determined".

Around 12,000 teachers and staff, including those at third-level, are facing more cuts under the latest review.

New teachers have, however, lost the qualifications allowance, which, combined with other cuts, means that since 2008 the gross pay of a new teachers has been reduced by 21pc.

Irish Independent

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