New Croke park proposals distributed to public sector unions

The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform has said a new set of proposals are being distributed to public sector unions as the talks on the Croke Park 2 deal reach the end of the line.

Talks continued through the night at the Labour Relations Commission with health sector and teachers unions. The head of the LRC Kieran Mulvey is briefing Minister Brendan Howlin now before a full report goes to Cabinet.

Speaking on his way into the briefing Minister Howlin said the new document will achieve savings this year that come as close to 300 million euro as possible.

And he said the talks over the last 24 hours have been constructive.

"I understand at this point that, either by now or shortly, all public sector unions will have a document to bring back to their own executives" he said.

"Some have agreed that they don't need to ballot again and have accepted it; others will have to go back to their own executives and their own members for endorsement".

"But I think very significant progress has been made" he added.