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End to public service moratorium must focus on frontline staff

Tuesday, 14th October 2014

 Fine Gael TD for Kildare North, Anthony Lawlor, has today (Tuesday) said that the announcement in Budget 2015 to end the moratorium on civil service recruitment is a positive step. Deputy Lawlor said however that it is vital the new recruitment drive focuses on front line staff, including much needed doctors, nurses, teachers and Gardaí.

“In March 2009 the previous Government implemented a strict moratorium on public service recruitment, the effects of which have been felt across the board, but in particular in our hospitals, schools and also on our streets due to cuts to Garda numbers.

“The announcement to end the recruitment embargo in today’s Budget is an important step and should result in an immediate improvement in our public services.

“I am delighted to learn that 1,700 teachers will be recruited due to Budget 2015. These posts will include 920 mainstream teachers, 420 resource teachers and 365 SNAs. This recruitment drive will ensure that class sizes will remain the same with no change in the Pupil Teacher Ratio.

“Most importantly, to coincide with the recent opening up of a Garda recruitment drive, €2.2 billion is being allocated to the Justice Department to ensure that further Gardaí can be recruited. This is very important in many areas and in particular for my own constituency of Kildare North which has one of the lowest numbers of Gardaí per head of population in the country.

“The removal of the moratorium must focus specifically on front line staff in order to benefit people accessing our public services on a daily basis. This is particularly important in our hospitals where we need to see more doctors and nurses to increase the services provided and to alleviate long waiting lists. This recruitment drive must prioritise the hiring of front line staff over administrative staff and I will be pressing the relevant Ministers to ensure that this occurs”.

ENDS