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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: December 9, 2009 @ 1:36 pm

    Budget coverage: what’s in the newspaper and what’s on irishtimes.com?

    Hugh Linehan

    The Irish Times publishes its comprehensive Budget 2010 supplement on December 10th, with details, reaction and in-depth analysis from our best writers, including Stephen Collins, Pat McArdle and Kathy Sheridan. This content is only  available in the newspaper, and will not be published online until later.

    irishtimes.com continues to carry detailed news and analysis of the budget, with  a  calculator to help you measure the personal impact of any changes. Online users can see what experts from The Irish Times and from PriceWaterhouseCooper say about what the budget really means for them in our  Q&A.

    • Bernard McKenna says:

      Should have cut all benfits to N.Ireland rates including min. wage, then reduce v.a.t to18%

    • niall cawley says:

      Good to see the government make the difficult decisions now. I am self wmployed in the private sector. I have 2 days work this week and none next week. We are all suffering. Why should people working on this small island earn up to 50% more than comparable countries. it was crazy. Back to reality now. I had considered voting for fine gael and labour in the next election but would consider voting for this government if they continue to take the painful but necessary decisions ov the next couple of years. The opposition(Labour in particular) appear to be happy to say they want cuts but still oppose some social welfare cuts. Wake up to reality lads. Just look at dole payments 100 miles north.

    • Correspondent says:

      For those interested in the human rights implications of the Budget, the ‘Human Rights in Ireland’ blog is hosting a blog carnival to give initial reactive assessment of the impact of Budget 2010 from a human rights perspective.

    • robespierre says:

      Congratulations on very balanced coverage. It is a shame that the paper of record cannot teach the public sector national broadcaster a thing or two about balanced journalism.

      Ingrid Miley sounded like she was a union representative on the news last night. If you don’t believe watch on the RTE player.

    • Claire Kennedy says:

      The uncapped capped guy from South Kerry has in his deal with the Government secured a hospital for Kenmare.

      Who does he see staffing this hospital? Is it the nurses, doctors, carers, clerical staff etc. who were stripped to the bone in the budget that he helped to have passed. He has some neck and red at that.

      The FF party has shown that it is still one that can only see the parish pump method. What this country needs is a group of polititians who can run Ireland on a national basis.

      Shame on you all for putting the honest and decent Irish on this island in such a hopeless state.

    • Joe Lyons says:

      The Celtic Tiger made millionaires out of the self-employed, the developers and the supporters of FF.
      Now public servants pick up the tab.

    • Steve says:

      A good budget but not far enough. I moved out of ireland about 5 years ago…I couldn’t stand the way money turned everybody into showy, “my cars bigger than yours” people overnight. People have to come back down to earth..the money making was good but now it’s time to pay the bill..I do often wonder what the govt did with all that surplus during the boom…one or two roads.a port tunnel..a tramline..although expensive i can’t imagine all the money going back into the country

    • Sunshine says:

      The public servants are not picking up the tab, Joe. Their pay matched the pay of the private sector. The pay of the private sector is down by up to 50% for some people and so the public sector has to be reduced.

      It’s that simple.

      The Celtic “Scam” was fueled by irresponsible lending, irresponsible borrowing and an extremely irresponsible government who gave tax breaks and planning permission when neither should have been given.

    • sean says:

      I am public sector worker. The private sector is next – your pay will be cut by IBEC et al, citing the public sector cuts as precedent.

      But don’t worry – we will show you the same, solidarity you showed us. Good luck!!

    • Stephen says:

      Typical that this Government should target social welfare and public sector workers because their agenda is and always has been in the interest of big business. I for one am still waiting to see the oft reported fall in the costs of living: this is still an expensive country, even in recession. I’ve deep symapthy for those people who have lost their job but I’m sceptical about Government and IBEC (is there any difference these days?) claims that private sector employees have taken pay cuts in the last year; the media, including the IT, shouldn’t be so quick to accept the “research” of the ESRI and Dr Fitzgerald on this one as they are simply used by Government to test and ultimately prepare public opinion. Then again, to credit this Government with such a Machiavellian strategy is probably being too generous . And, will Eamonn Ryan stop talking such nonsense!

    • Paye Worker says:

      Very hard on the public servants, public or private we are all PAYE workers, and easiest to exploit. Every euro wasted because not spending it means a reduced allocation next year, every undeserved grant awarded, every tax scam not detected, every social welfare fraud not tracked down means money out of all public servants’ pockets come the next budget. From secretary of the department, to garda inspector, to school principal, to clerical officer there is a personal price to be paid for waste or inefficiency. An incentive would have been better. I would like to see every department keep a portion of any actual cost savings to allocate pay rises in 2011.

    • Shane McEneaney says:

      I would like to say the following in response to Joe Lyons comment below.

      The public servants complain that the public sector is picking up the tab for the failures in the economy. Where do the financial regulator and high ranking staff in the Department of Finance fit into this? Don’t they deserve a mention?

      I have yet to see any public servant lose their job or resign without a hefty payout and full pension entitlements.

      We watched Prime Time this week revealing fraud on a massive scale and very little being done about it.

      All of this comes from the public service.

      I only read and hear complaints from public servants not explanations for their huge salaries that are the envy of equivalent workers in Europe.

      I would love to hear why our public servants deserve up to two times the salary of equivalent workers in Europe. Should we simply ignore their earnings as “Mickey mouse money” as described by the hospital consultants?

    • Public Sector Employee says:

      Job security? I’m on a 10 month contract ending in June and looking at a ban on recruitment. What a joke.
      I can handle a 6 per cent pay cut. I can think about the greater good, the need for Ireland Inc to save money. I can maintain perspective and admit I am fortunate to have a job. But to have this pill dispensed by the creator of our doom is heart breaking. To live in a country so myopic in its outlook is the saddest part of it all.

    • Dave says:

      I now live on the other side of the world no one offered me the luxary of a pay cut just straight forward min redundancy.Why dont the front line workers have a look behind them at all the other public servents and in some cases the massive thesse guys are picking up???Why dont the unions attack the high earners in the public sector are they affraid there salaries might be questions.Its not that long ago the unions forced developers to stop using block layers due to the massive wages they were demanding .The unions wont be happy until there is no Aerlingus exactly who do these people really represent.I know a lot of union members in both sectors that dont agree with the union leaders but feel they cant voice there opinion.

    • Surprised says:

      All the talk of Mary, the lady cleaning the minsters office, makes me wonder, if mary the cleaner was employed as a cleaner in the private sector could she hope to earn even close to the 35,000 described as some as LOW waged!!, In my opinion the reforms have not been carried out and should now with the iron hot, 35 hour weeks, flexi time, 29 days holidays plus flexi days,increments based on how long your employed?, etc, the gravy train has to stop, MORE of the same please,maybe a dose of reality is what public servants need, Strike at your peril, I for one will not be showing my support, Overpaid and underworked.

    • David says:

      Where do people get their “public servants on huge salaries” information from? Yes, there are people in the public services on ridiculous salaries, high ranking clerical officers, consultants and the like but most of the public service are on salaries that would not have been accepted in the so-called private sector during the ‘tiger’ years. Nobody bangs on about the private sector workers on huge salaries while pointing at directors, bankers, investment consultants, IT professionals and the like! A bit of perspective and a lot less of people swallowing attention-grabbing headlines and maybe, just maybe we can all find a way out of this together. But please, less of the uniformed, bash someone else, drivel if you don’t mind.

    • Casey says:

      Reply to Sean’s comment – “I am public sector worker. The private sector is next – your pay will be cut by IBEC et al, citing the public sector cuts as precedent.”

      Sean, all in my company took a 15% pay cut at the beginning of the year. We have no job security, no pensions, no sick pay, no paid maternity leave etc. Public servants need to look at what they do have, not whinge about lesser paycuts than the private sector are having to cope with. The greed of some of the public servants is mind blowing.

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