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.