Public Sector Allowances

24th September, 2012


Carlow Fine Gael TD, Pat Deering, is calling for the Secretary General of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine to appear before the Joint Oireachtas Committee to explain the ‘Public Sector Allowances’ and the business cases made for the retention.

Deputy Deering who is Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Agriculture, Food and the Marine  has written to Committee Chairman, Deputy Andrew Doyle, requesting that the Committee would deal with this this as a matter of urgency.

“In wake of the recent review of public sector allowances, I have requested that the Committee would call on the Secretary General of the Department to explain the business cases made in relation to the allowances paid by the Department.

“I believe now is the time to have an open and frank discussion in relation to the forty five allowances payable by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and over one thousand allowances across the public sector and the business cases made to retain them.

“Where as I welcome the intervention of the Public Accounts Committee I believe it will take far too long for one committee to trawl through all departments and I am calling on all Oireachtas committees to investigate the department relevent to them, this needs to be done sooner rather than later.

“Like many others, I am extremely disappointed with the lack of progress on this issue. I believe there are significant savings to be made from these allowances that are currently being paid to higher earning public servants.