Burton: Govt fully committed to Croke Park Agreement

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has said the Government is fully committed to the Croke Park Agreement, despite a recommendation from the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) that it be scrapped.

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has said the Government is fully committed to the Croke Park Agreement, despite a recommendation from the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) that it be scrapped.

The ESRI said the deal for public-sector reform had delivered too little, too late and should be abandoned. The think-tank is also advocating a more aggressive plan to address the budget deficit by cutting public sector pay by a further 10%, and increasing taxes.

Minister Burton ruled out any move away from the Croke Park deal, saying: "We have a complex public service in this country…If we can get the kind of reform that we require through agreement, then let's go for that."

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