Friday 23 February 2018

Kenny in Croke Park showdown with unions

Fionnan Sheahan Political Editor

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny will tell public sector union bosses tomorrow where he wants to see extra savings made by fast-tracking reforms.

Mr Kenny and Public Spending Minister Brendan Howlin will set out the areas the Government has identified for immediate reforms, with the health sector at the top.

The face-to-face meeting with union chiefs follows Mr Kenny's orders to ministers four weeks ago to come up with ideas for squeezing more savings.

Mr Howlin has compiled the reports from ministers and has assessed what can be done.

The final proposals will be discussed at the meeting.

The meeting of the Croke Park Agreement Implementation Group will take place in Government Buildings.

The group is made up of representatives of the Government, public sector unions and public sector management.

The focus on Croke Park comes in the wake of the Government's dramatic climb- down on cutting allowances from public sector workers, reducing the €1.5bn bill by just €3.5m.

Irish Independent

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