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Collins, Niall

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Public Sector Pay and Conditions: Motion (Resumed) [Private Members] (Continued)

This is a very important national issue. Nobody has a monopoly of opinions or wisdom. No particular political party acts as the single spokesperson for the trade union movement or the public sect...More Button

Public servants were taken for granted by the Government throughout the talks process. That is the view they have expressed to me and many others. Unfortunately for the country, the result has ...More Button

A completely new model of social partnership will be required. For too long we have relied on the existing model which has been in use since the early 1990s. There has been a succession of nati...More Button

The agreement was reached following all-night talks. The parties were, effectively, in a bunker in Lansdowne House. They were locked in until they came out with an agreement. It is similar to ...More Button

The morning after the agreement was finally reached I took part in a panel discussion on a radio show with a Minister. I will not name the person concerned because she is not in the Chamber. Th...More Button

People were being taken for granted, but society has moved on. The spin and the sound bite have to be taken out of the presentation by the Government. People want an honest presentation of the ...More Button

At that point, the alarm bells should have been ringing and the Government should have sat up and realised it was in trouble and could not rely on the old guard and the larger trade unions to get t...More Button

The Government will learn the lessons from the weaknesses of the Croke Park II process, but we also need to discuss the wider issue of reform. Many of the reforms that took place under Croke Par...More Button

I ask Deputy Brian Hayes to clarify, as Minister of State in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, the issue of the Garda payroll budget. It has been widely reported that the payroll ...More Button

The commercial semi-State sector must come under greater focus when we consider the new form of social partnership, which we should be debating tonight. The inflated salaries of CEOs and top-lin...More Button

The Labour Party says Fianna Fáil gave the banks a blank cheque, but that is not the case. I deflect that bit of populism. I will not even go down the road of discussing the Labour Party's refu...More Button

They do not.More Button