Press Statement: Minister Howlin Welcomes Public Service Agreement Annual Progress Report
PRESS STATEMENT – DEPARTMENT FOR PUBLIC EXPENDITURE AND REFORM
Brendan Howlin, TD, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform
welcomes the Final Report of the Croke Park Implementation Body
The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Mr. Brendan Howlin T.D., today welcomed the publication by the Implementation Body for the Public Service Agreement (‘Croke Park Agreement’) of its third and final Annual Progress Report.
The Minister stated “I welcome the findings of the Implementation Body that approximately €330 million of pay and non-pay savings as well as further reform have been successfully delivered over the nine month period under review.
This means that savings of €1.8 billion have been facilitated under this Agreement with the co-operation of and staff and unions.” The Minister also announced changes to the reporting and implementation structures to support the new Haddington Road Agreement which came into effect on 1 July.
The Implementation Body under the Croke Park Agreement is being stood down and will be replaced by a new management-union Agreement Oversight Group to be chaired by the Labour Relations Commission.
The Minister said: “I would like to thank the Chair and members of the Implementation Body for all of their work in support of this Agreement over the last number of years. Their collective efforts have ensured that the Agreement delivered on its objectives of facilitating significant savings and reform at a very challenging time for the Irish public service”.
The Minister added: “The Haddington Road Agreement will build on, and reaffirm, many of the underlying principles of the Croke Park Agreement while giving us the scope to deliver further necessary savings of €1bn by 2016.”
Finally, the Minister said: “We need to build on the good progress that we have made since the Public Service Reform Plan was launched in November 2011. As an important first step, we will be developing a single integrated view of reform which will allow for a streamlined and consolidated approach to planning and reporting, with one single Integrated Reform Delivery Plan for each Department and Office.”
03rd July 2013