Friday 19 January 2018

Just the two cheers for Howlin pay cut plans

TWO cheers for Public Expenditure & Reform Minister Brendan Howlin on his decision to implement cuts in top earnings in the public sector. The third cheer is withheld because of his allowing for exceptions. There is no need for exceptions.

Mr Howlin says exceptions will be limited to "roles of substantial importance" in the public service or where the person involved brings "exceptional or scarce expertise and/or qualifications." That could mean anything or nothing.

Apart from that, Mr Howlin has gone about the cuts in a sensible way. It essentially affects those who replace the present incumbents and a 15pc voluntary cut seems a fair way of dealing with those currently on higher salaries.

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