Sinn Féin Public Expenditure and Reform spokesperson Mary Lou McDonald has said revelations of top-up payments to senior staff at St Vincent’s Hospital are shocking and need further examination.
Deputy McDonald also said it was clear that the hospital was hoping that the story would be minimised by releasing the details the day before Christmas eve.
Speaking today Deputy McDonald said:
“The revelations coming out of St Vincent’s are deeply shocking and show an blatant abuse of public pay policy.
“The fact that the CEO is getting a payment of €136,591 plus a car allowance of €19,796 on top of his €136,282 salary will be bewildering to most ordinary workers in the public sector who are struggling to get by this Christmas.
“The timing of the release of these details by St Vincent’s highlights its arrogant disregard for the notion of transparency and accountability.
“Having first of all refused to reveal these details, the hospital has now released them to the media the day before Christmas eve in a blatant attempt to minimise the story.
“It is clear that further examination of the pay policy at St Vincent’s is required and I look forward to having the board in front of the Public Accounts Committee in January.”