Wednesday 21 February 2018

Dual standards

• This week, we saw no more than eight Fine Gael TDs speak out about their concerns over incremental pay increases within the public sector. It shocked me to learn that there are people in the public sector receiving pay increases in these financially uncertain times. It took all of 18 months for the Government to realise this. It saddens me to have a public service so out of touch with the current economy in Ireland.

While I thought about these incremental pay increases, it reminded me of a news story just under a year ago involving the Fine Gael party and pay increases. Except this time, Fine Gael was defending the pay rise for one of the Taoiseach's advisers. Fine Gael defended the pay increase given to their adviser, all €35,000 of it, because he/she was worth every penny. So as I sit back and read how Fine Gael TDs voice concern over incremental pay rises in the public service, I have to wonder if they are being entirely fair. Offering one person a pay increase and not the other can cause all sorts of problems. When they work in the same sector, it spells inequality.

Sean McGivney
Virginia, Cavan

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