LRC: Govt comments on Croke Park deal 'not helpful'04/09/2012 - 08:29:34
The head of the Labour Relations Commission has lashed out at the Government over its commentary on the Croke Park Agreement.
Kieran Mulvey said he is aware of collective Cabinet responsibilty, but also said: "It is not helpful to have different ministers saying different things about the Croke Park Agreement."
Last week, the Health Health James Reilly said that the Croke Park Agreement would have to be revisited if he is to make the necessary savings in his department.
This prompted a rebuke from Labour's Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin.
Mr. Mulvey said Mr Howlin "knows the ins and outs" of the deal and commentary on it should be left up to him.
Mr Mulvey said: "It does not help negotiations, it does not help the parties, the public service manangement or indeed the trade unions responding to those proposals to have different ministers saying different things
"It is Brendan Howlin who is the minister, he should be listened to, he is the frontline spokesman, he is the man who knows chapter and verse, in detail, what is achevable and what needs to be achieved."
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