Monday 19 August 2019

Legislation to allow public servants to be paid in the event of snap election to be brought to Cabinet by Finance Minister

Paschal Donohoe. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Paschal Donohoe. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe is to bring legislation to the Cabinet tomorrow which would allow public servants to continue to paid in the event of a snap election.

As things stand there is a risk that the Government will not be in a position to sign off on spending for 2018 – meaning doctors, nurses, teachers and other State employees would not be paid from January first.

However, sources told Mr Donohoe is to bring the Appropriations Act 2017 to Cabinet tomorrow with a view to rushing it through the Dáil if necessary.

The Act allows the State to spend up to 80pc of its current expenditure again next year.

“It will ensure that child benefit and pensions are paid out in the New Year even if a government is not in place,” a source said.

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They added that every effort is still being made to avoid a dissolution of the Dáil but in the current environment no chances can be taken.

Mr Donohoe wasn’t due to bring the legislation for ministerial approval until closer to Christmas.

Talks between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil aimed at preventing an election are due to reconvene later this evening.

Sources on both sides say there are “genuine” efforts to find a solution to the impasse.

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