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Written Answers - Croke Park Agreement

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 762 No. 1

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 18.  Deputy John Browne Information on John Browne Zoom on John Browne  asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn  if he will be seeking to ensure that all teachers’ allowances are protected under the review of allowances for public servants; his views on whether all such allowance are considered part of teachers pay under the Croke Park agreement; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19381/12]

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Ruairí Quinn): Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn As the Deputy will be aware, the review of allowances in the public service which is ongoing at the moment is being conducted [143]by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform and I understand that the Minister intends to bring proposals to Government shortly.

The Government has reaffirmed the key commitments under the Public Service Agreement, including that there will be no further reductions in pay rates for serving public servants. These commitments are contingent on delivery of the required flexibilities and reforms to public service delivery.

Allowances paid to teachers form only a part of the overall remit of the review. It would not be appropriate for me at this stage to comment on any specific subset of allowances, pending the outcome of the review and its consideration by Government. I have and will, of course, make my views on these issues known in the appropriate fora.

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