Wednesday 26 October 2016

A €290m boost for the public sector staff

Gardai outside the Dail ahead of the Budget speeches
Gardai outside the Dail ahead of the Budget speeches

A total of €290m has been allocated for pay increases across the public sector by Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe.

This is in keeping with the amount required in 2017 to implement the measures set out in the Lansdowne Road Agreement.

It will see public service personnel who earn less than €65,000 receive a payment of €1,000 next September.

An additional 4,500 public sector workers will also be hired.

An extra 800 gardai are to be hired and trained in 2017, which is part of the Government's promise to increase the force to 15,000.


An extra €28m has been included to help achieve that target.

The recruitment of civilian staff will also be accelerated in 2017 to help fill shortfalls in personnel and free up a large number of desk-bound trained officers for frontline duties.

More funding is also being made available to continue garda operations against serious crime such as Operation Hybrid patrols, an armed response to the feuding in the capital.

Funding will also be made available to continue Operation Thor, an initiative targeting burglary gangs in cities and rural Ireland.

A five-year reform and investment strategy is also being established.

Overall funding for Justice will rise to €2.5bn.

The Minister for Public Expenditure also announced that funding for the Department of Defence is to increase by €16m, which includes funding missions both at home and abroad.

Almost 500 Defence Force personnel are participating in 11 different missions around the world, including vital search-and-rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea.

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