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Written Answers - Teachers’ Remuneration

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 762 No. 1

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 59.  Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn Information on Pádraig MacLochlainn Zoom on Pádraig MacLochlainn  asked the Minister for Education and Skills Information on Ruairí Quinn Zoom on Ruairí Quinn  his views on the Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland assertion that cuts to teachers’ allowances may breach the Croke Park agreement. [19515/12]

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 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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