Minister Howlin T.D. welcomes decision of the Public Services Committee of Congress to endorse the Lansdowne Road Agreement

Issued 16 September 2015

The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Mr Brendan Howlin T.D. today (16 September 2015) welcomed the decision of the Public Services Committee of Congress to endorse the Lansdowne Road Agreement.    

Speaking today, the Minister stated:

“The decision by the Public Services Committee is a vindication of the approach taken by this Government to utilise the collective bargaining procedures that have worked for us for so long, and to play fair by public service workers who have contributed much to this country’s recovery.  Over the recent years of crisis public servants through their unions and associations have played a critical role in maintaining the public service ethos that remains an important and valuable feature of the public service, in an atmosphere of industrial peace.

Since our election, this Government has worked to improve the efficiency of public services, and to enhance performance and accountability. The ongoing public service reform programme, which is underpinned by the Lansdowne Road Agreement, will ensure that efficient and effective public services remain an integral part of that future.

The Lansdowne Road Agreement will also enable the important first steps to be taken for the necessary unwinding of the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest legislation. The Agreement also forms a significant part of the prudent approach of this Government in managing the ongoing recovery.  The recent OECD report confirms that we are living in the fastest growing economy in Europe, and this means that we can begin once again to think about and plan for a better future.”