Bringing home the bacon as we fry
The public-sector wage bill accounts for 36 per cent of all public spending, but recruitment is ongoing, reports Maeve Sheehan
MORE than 2,000 posts have been filled in government offices and state bodies despite the ban on public-service recruitment.
New figures show that Finance Minister Brian Lenihan has waived the public-service embargo in favour of tipstaffs who escort judges to court, and translators of state documents into Irish.
The Cabinet introduced the public-service recruitment ban in March last year and made clear that the ban would be lifted in "very limited circumstances".