End to public service staff moratorium announced in Budget

New posts in education and gardaí but Howlin says no resources for unreformed services

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin numbers employed across the public service had been cut by 10 per cent but there would be no further overall reductions. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin numbers employed across the public service had been cut by 10 per cent but there would be no further overall reductions. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Government is to end its controversial moratorium on recruitment in the public service “in a targeted way” , Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howin has said.

He said the civil service would resume taking on staff from next year while the budget for 2015 would allow for the establishment of more than 1,700 additional new full time posts in the education sector and the recruitment of additional gardaí.

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