Friday 15 December 2017

Adams wrong on credit says Burton

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton
Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton

SOCIAL Protection Minister Joan Burton has hit out at a claim by Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams that a proposed €10bn line of credit in the wake of the Troika departure represents a second bailout, writes John Drennan.

Ms Burton said the claim by Mr Adams was in fiscal terms "technically illiterate, stupid and incorrect" and expressed her "surprise that the leader of Sinn Fein would be so ill-informed on such a critical issue''.

She said that "such a line of credit is an absolute standard feature of exits from bailouts since the 1970s".

Meanwhile, several government ministers have criticised slow progress at the Department of Justice in ending delays in the garda vetting scheme for new employees.

At Cabinet last week, Ms Burton, Education Minister Ruairi Quinn and Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin questioned Justice Minister Alan Shatter about the delays.

Garda vetting is required for anybody working with young or elderly people.

The problem is believed to be particularly acute in the Department of Social Protection, where over 3,000 people trying to get on to Community Employment and TUS schemes have waited for up to three months.

It is understood that in the wake of the spat at Cabinet, ministers have been assured by the Department of Justice that the current waiting list will be halved "within a week".

Sunday Independent

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