Civil service pay demands played down

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A €1.6 billion public pay demand has been branded ‘wildly optimistic’ by the Government.

The union for executive grades in the civil service is holding its annual conference in Galway today where the claim will be discussed in detail.

The Irish Independent says PSEU General Secretary Tom Geraghty thinks the wage rise is ‘very realistic’; despite being double the amount being given under the Lansdowne Road Agreement.