Eamon Delaney: Abolishing benefits is beyond this Coalition
Allowances aside, we have yet to see any significant public sector reform or pay cuts, writes Eamon Delaney
Is there any hope at all that we can come to grips with the great public sector spending machine? We keep being told we are getting great savings through the Croke Park deal, but every time we feel we have taken two steps forward, some revelation comes along about perks and benefits which makes one feel like it's one step back. Despite the spotlight on this largesse, it seems that there are still benefits which we never knew about.
Indeed, there are still benefits which even the public servants themselves hardly knew about and yet get into their pay packet every month.
Last week we got the details of up to 800 such payments, including allowances for such difficult tasks as franking letters and and eating one's lunch at one's desk (why, exactly?). We even have a Border Duty Payment to our soldiers, even though we no longer have an 'active' border and have had an IRA ceasefire since 1994.