Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach

 

2:00 pm

Photo of Paul MurphyPaul Murphy (Dublin South West, Solidarity) | Oireachtas source

We are currently spending hundreds of millions of euro a year on agency nursing staff. Just before Christmas the Government agreed to pay off junior Anglo Irish Bank bondholders, who were supposedly burned, to the same amount it would cost to pay the total nurses' claim. The Government obviously has no interest in getting the Apple tax money. The Government is making choices and those choices are not to pay public servants, nurses, etc.,what they deserve and need to survive and what most people feel they should be paid but instead it is to protect the interest of the 1% in this country.

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