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Thursday 14 December 2017

Absenteeism just makes me sick

It's emerged that some staff in the Property Registration Authority took nearly three weeks off in sick days in 2013.

The Authority's shameful record is followed closely by the Department of Social Protection and the Central Statistics Office, in which the average employee took 13 days' paid sick leave a year, on top of their paid holidays.

Officials have defended the figures by saying that they only relate to 2013, and that changes introduced a year ago, which cut the number of uncertified sick days that employees are allowed in half, will surely see a drop in absenteeism. We will have to wait for those results to be published, and make do for now with figures that are two years old. And I guess the delay in the Department of Public Expenditure publishing the figures can be easily explained. So many of their staff, you see, are off sick...

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