Return of bonuses for public servants not ruled out

INANCE Minister Paschal Donohoe is not ruling out the return of bonuses for public servants which were axed during the recession.

But, while speaking at the launch of a report on public sector reform, he said no decision had yet been made on the issue.

He was speaking after a Cabinet meeting in which the remuneration package for the new Garda Commissioner was discussed.

The granting of a bonus to whoever takes up the role could trigger demands for performance-related payments at higher levels within the public sector. “We did not agree any bonus in relation to that role,” said Mr Donohoe (pictured below).

When asked if he was ruling out the return of performance-related payments, he said a decision had not been made.

In relation to the pay level for the commissioner’s role, he said a span of salaries had been agreed with the Department of Justice but the exact pay level would be decided based on the candidate for the job.

“We are seeing changes taking place within remuneration here in the private sector in Ireland and in other employment markets against which we have to compare ourselves to,” he said. He would not comment on whether there would be a breach of the €200,000 pay cap until the post was filled. The Government axed the payments in 2009. Mr Donohoe was launching ‘Our Public Service 2020’, which creates a new Public Service Leadership Board and has a bigger focus on technology. According to the department, it is being set up to drive reforms and ensure there is “shared ownership” of them across the public service.

The plan aims to “professionalise” customer service and build trust in the public service.

It also aims to develop staff in the public service and ensure there are no skills shortages following retirements or redeployments.

The plan includes measures to ensure the public service is IT-ready for the future and to drive efficiency through centralised procurement, shared services and building strategic planning capabilities.

Implementation of the plan will begin next year and will include a review of the culture and values of the public service.

3 Responses to Return of bonuses for public servants not ruled out

  1. Arthur O December 14, 2017 at 7:46 am #

    Making a complete mockery of our USC and PSPR pension levies.

    The Irish News recently carried this letter (linked) describing Ireland.

    Do you think it hits the nail right on the head.

    “Ireland is sinister land where right is wrong and wrong is right.

    29 November, 2017 00:59

    Ireland is no longer a country. It has no soul, no truth, no justice, no equality, no decorum, no morals, no code, no honour, no creed. It is a perverse, twisted and sinister land where right is wrong and wrong is right. The courts are packed to the rafters with criminal trials and civil law suits, while white-collar criminals walk free and the small debt defaulter gets a prison cell.

    It is a wild land where rules go flying out the window at a moment’s notice. Elections mean nothing whether people want them or not and are nothing but a next-in-line party system irrespective of suitability. The old guard are there while the system rots and rots from bureaucracy, inertia and rhetoric.

    Parties claiming they can do a better job in trying to oust the other, but only hiding behind prepared departmental rhetoric and defending what should be prosecuted when in government. A land where the terrorist, bomber, murderer, or recidivist gets early release and victims get kicked in the teeth for their trouble and forgotten about quickly. Laws are lax or unenforced and nothing but a book of politics and convenience to set the guilty free.

    Our people have being enslaved by a sick and supine system of government and Church, under a corrupt waiting-list system, which has done more to divide people than unite them.

    It is a disgraceful country where government abrogates its responsibilities and careerist politicians laugh at the electorate when they collect their enormous undeserved pensions and perks.

    A society which does not give a damn and chronically indifferent and self-serving in the extreme. An abode where mé féiners will kick you when you are down and begrudge you when you are up. A culture of fear, repression, ignorance, jealousy and one-upmanship. 

    It is a regime of incessant work for the connected, cronied and nepotised who ironically have no life and no disposable income who end up marooned under a mountain of debt for their life’s toil – while thousands are hidden on ineffective job initiatives.

    An expensive country where money management is impossible and taxes are progressive.

    This country is a load of trouble from beginning to its failed revolutionary end and will end up at the bottom of the bottomless pit.

    There is nothing in Ireland for people only a load of trouble.

    Who could blame the hermit?

    MAURICE FITZGERALD
    Shanbally, Co Cork”
     

    Ireland is sinister land where right is wrong and wrong is right via @irish_news http://www.irishnews.com/opinion/letterstotheeditor/2017/11/29/news/ireland-is-sinister-land-where-right-is-wrong-and-wrong-is-right-1198564/?param=ds441rif44T

  2. patrick joseph mc December 14, 2017 at 9:43 pm #

    This is an outstanding piece of writing in catching so much in a short article ,

  3. John Brennan December 18, 2017 at 10:39 pm #

    I cannot agree with the overload of negativity expressed in the letter to The Irish News.
    Of course there are many aspects of Irish life that can be improved. We have a clientist system of elections where people are elected on the basis of their ability to get potholes repaired or provide medical cars rather than their ability to introduce progressive legislation or improve the provision of public services. But then who votes for these candidates?
    But while there are many negatives we must not ignore the many positives of Irish life.
    Consider the bravery of the many Gardai, firefighters, lifeboat crews and Defence forces.
    Look at the many many charitable and community organisations who do so much work without ever looking for thanks or payment.
    We have an educational system that turns out graduates who are sought the world over. Teachers, nurses and many other medical staff headhunted before even graduation.
    Its easy to point a finger at the Church and blame that institution for national faults. Who provided education and healthcare to the millions of poor when the State was unable to do so? Eaten bread is soon forgotten.
    In the 1930s when other European coubtries were embracing right wing and left wing totalitarianism a defeated Irish government handed over the wheels of power to its Civil War enemies of 10 years earlier because that is what the people voted for.

    There are many changes that are required to be made to meet the aspirations of the 1916 Proclamation. There are no reasons why they cannot be made. The late Sean Moylan T.D. , former Commadant of the North Cork Brigade during the War of Independece stated
    “There is a wide field of endeavour open to those who would serve Ireland. Let us utilise it with integrity of purpose and uncomplaining courage or let us cease paying lip service to the memory of heroic dead men” His words are as applicable now as they were when spokenin 1957.

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