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Wednesday 22 February 2017

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

Published 12/08/2014 | 02:30

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.

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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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