Tuesday 19 September 2017

Civil service pain

•Patrick Byrne's letter (September 1) is typical of all anti-public-sector rants, big on bluster but seriously lacking in facts or balance.

One of the central aims of the deal is to reduce public-service costs through a reduction in the numbers employed.

As acknowledged in the agreement, our public service has contributed massively to the reduction of our national debt. A combination of multiple pay cuts, levies and unfilled positions has seen the public service pay bill drop by almost €4bn.

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