Tuesday 20 March 2018

James Fitzsimons: We can't protect public sector at expense of all other workers

Croke Park only highlights the level of waste and must be put aside, writes James Fitzsimons

IT'S time for the Government to tear up the rule book and write a new one. The legal system sets the rules by which the rest must live. It doesn't matter whether it is right or wrong. Opposition is seen as civil unrest, at best, and in many cases it is treated as criminal.

Last week when Joe Higgins defended Clare Daly's expense claims and said he did the same, he opened up a can of worms. Even Brian Hayes, the Minister of State at the Department of Finance, admitted that he had used his expenses to fund nationwide travel and not just that in the constituency, which is allowed.

If they think their own generous system of expenses is bizarre, they should look at the onerous system that applies to self-employed taxpayers. If anyone should be given more discretion, it is the private sector workers and businesses on whom we depend to bring the country out of recession. But instead they are overtaxed and face ridiculous bureaucracy at every turn. The system is the problem. For the most part, rank and file public servants do a good job based on what is asked of them. But 90 per cent of what they do is a waste of time and resources that could be better spent elsewhere.

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