Belfast Telegraph

Cost-cutting proposals unveiled

Cutting 30,000 public sector jobs and slashing the number of politicians by a third are among a raft of proposals to shake-up government.

Fine Gael also vowed to cap public pay at 200,000 euro as well as scrap 145 state bodies including the Health Service Executive and training and employment authority Fas.

Party leader Enda Kenny said five billion euro would be saved through the plan.

"The public sector has a key role to play in rebuilding Ireland," Mr Kenny said.

"The current crisis represents an opportunity to release the full potential of all who serve the public and a chance to say, "Never again", to the behaviour of the past that has cast such a shadow on our future."

Fine Gael's 'Reinventing Government' document sets out 100 changes the party would make to government and public service if elected to government.

The party said one billion euro in savings raised would mean a billion less in tax hikes and cuts to services.

Richard Bruton, Fine Gael's enterprise spokesman, said thousands of public servants were trapped in a system that is failing them.

"Fine Gael has a plan to make a step change in the way our public services are run that will reward effort and ingenuity and penalise waste and inefficiency," Mr Bruton said.

"Ministers and senior civil servants will evaluate projects and take responsibility for outcomes while managers will be freed up to innovate and motivate their colleagues to serve the needs of the public."

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