Positive Croke Park Report Provides Impetus for Further Reform

Wexford Chamber has said that the positive Croke Park report was a necessary requirement in getting the economy back on a sustainable footing and the Government must continue to secure the reforms needed to reduce costs and enhance flexibility.

Fleur Creed, President Wexford Chamber,  said “This is a broadly positive report. The savings of €1.8 billion made since the Public Service Reform Plan was launched in 2010 are significant. However, the priorities for this Government remain the same: how can borrowing be reduced; how can the deficit be cut; and how can the country’s finances be returned to a sustainable footing?”

“It is essential that the Government reaffirms its commitment to the principles of the Croke Park Agreement as we move into the new structures introduced by the Haddington Road Agreement. As with all businesses facing cost inflation, increased efficiencies and productivity are an essential component to securing cost effective front line services. We are still borrowing over €1 billion per month and this number has to fall further as fast as possible. A flexible public sector continuing to reform will play an ever more important role in delivering on this target,” she concluded.