Sunday 30 April 2017

People are weary of cuts but it's still too soon to start restoring public sector pay

Public Expenditure and Reform minister Brendan Howlin has taken the initiative in rethinking public sector pay levels. Photo: Frank McGrath
Public Expenditure and Reform minister Brendan Howlin has taken the initiative in rethinking public sector pay levels. Photo: Frank McGrath

Commentators - and even his coalition partners - are queuing up to slam Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin for suggesting there will be a roll back of public-sector pay cuts.

Pretty much everybody who is not actually related to Minister Howlin is having a go.

In fairness to the commentators, it is now clearly pre-election season for the government. But, in equal fairness to Mr Howlin, it is also the silly season, so things have become a bit overblown, too.

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