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Sinn Féin slam £50K bonus for quango chief

10 August, 2009 - by Maeve McLaughlin

Foyle Sinn Féin MLA Martina Anderson has criticised a five-figure bonus paid to head of the Strategic Investment Board (SIB) David Gavaghan

“The latest accounts from the SIB reveal that it’s Chief Executive David Gavaghan received a bonus of £46,000 last year on top of his £164,000 salary,” Ms. Anderson commented.

“David Gavaghan is already the highest paid bureaucrat in the North, earning more than the British Prime Minister. And I think – in the current economic crisis - many people will be struggling to see how a bonus of £50,000 can be justified. What exactly has he done to earn such a reward?

“All across the North, ordinary families are struggling to survive. Low-paid civil servants have still not received the backpay to which they are entitled. Other public sector workers like nurses and teachers face an uncertain future. Even at the top-end of the Civil Service, bonuses have been scrapped this year.

“When you consider the public anger that was rightly directed at the bonus culture within the banking system which caused the economic crisis, it is unfortunate to say the least that we are still witnessing these kinds of payments.

“At the very least, I believe we should now be scrapping bonuses for all top-earners within the North’s public sector and redirecting that money into protecting front –line services and low-paid workers.”


- SIB is an Executive owned body tasked with three main roles:

- to prepare and oversee the Investment Strategy (ISNI), the Executive’s 10-year plan for infrastructure investment across the region, and advise Ministers on effective implementation;

- to support the procurement and delivery of major projects and programmes at the request of sponsoring departments in order to help accelerate delivery timetables and obtain better value for the taxpayer; and

- to foster reform in systems and processes across the public sector through investment in better infrastructure.  

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