Friday 15 December 2017

Civil servants 'could be fired' under new accountability plan

Brendan Howlin
Brendan Howlin
Fionnan Sheahan

Fionnan Sheahan

Public Spending Minister Brendan Howlin says disciplinary procedures, including being fired, will be used to a greater extent in a new plan for accountability in the public sector.

Laws are already in place to allow compulsory redundancy of public servants, as part of a suite of disciplinary procedures.

When the minister was asked if the Government plans to use these sanctions to a greater degree.

"Of course we are," he said.

The minister also says the country wouldn't have got out of the bailout without the Haddington Road Agreement.

The new plan will seek to strengthen accountability and performance in the civil service by setting out:

- clarity between the role of ministers and civil servants

- devolved responsibility

- assignment of responsibility

- assessment of delivery of policy targets

Mr Howlin said getting Haddington Road across the line was the "most difficult challenge" facing his department.

The Labour Party minister said there wouldn't have had a budget if the Haddington Road Agreement.

"I don't think we could have exited the Troika deal without it," he said.

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