Economists largely against restoration of public sector pay

In contrast to the attitudes of the wider public many economists are opposed to pay hikes for Gardaí, teachers and nurses

4th December, 2016
Ibec economist Fergal O’Brien

The views of Ireland’s highest-profile economic experts on public sector pay hikes differ entirely from those of ordinary voters, according to polls carried out by this newspaper.

Almost half of Irish economists, 44 per cent, would not support full public sector pay restoration even in an unlikely utopian scenario whereby it could be achieved without affecting tax cuts or spending on public services.

But a follow-up survey of Irish economists, carried out by this...

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