Wednesday 22 November 2017

Mayor hopeful admits 1,000 council staff face cull

Fiach Kelly Political Correspondent

THE new Dublin mayor could end up sacking as many as 1,000 workers from Dublin City Council, the Green Party admitted yesterday.

The new mayor is a Green-driven initiative and the party's expected candidate, Dublin Mid-West TD Paul Gogarty, yesterday admitted the establishment of the mayor will lead to job losses in the city council.

The mayor will be responsible for driving through recommendations from the Local Government Efficiency Review group.

The group recommended cuts of over €500m in councils nationwide earlier this year. As part of that, Dublin City Council was identified as being overstaffed and the group recommended a 15pc reduction in staffing costs. The council currently has 6,710 workers and a cut of 15pc would reduce the workforce by 1,006.

When asked if the mayor would be responsible for getting rid of this massive number of staff, Mr Gogarty replied: "Theoretically, the answer has to be yes. But the reality is that savings can be made through greater efficiencies."

Mr Gogarty also contradicted his party leader John Gormley who yesterday said he had no figure for how much the mayor's office would cost.

Mr Gogarty then said it would cost €5m. A spokesman for Mr Gormley claimed there was no difference of opinion and said that the office would be funded by existing resources. Fine Gael's Phil Hogan said tax hikes would be needed to fund the mayor's office.

Irish Independent

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