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Dermot McCarthy pension payoff scandalously high and completely inappropriate

6 September, 2011 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin Public Expenditure and Reform Spokesperson Mary Lou McDonald TD this morning described the final lump sum payment and pension pot for departing Department of An Taoiseach Secretary General Dermot McCarthy as completely inappropriate and scandalously high.

Speaking ahead of today’s Sinn Féin’s Ard Fheis Clár launch Deputy McDonald said:

“Secretary General Dermot McCarthy’s parting pay off from the Department of the Taoiseach is yet another example of the inappropriate pay levels enjoyed by the highest ranking civil servants. This Government like Fianna Fáil before them continues to support scandalously high salaries for senior civil and public servants.

“Contrast Dermot McCarthy’s sky high 713,000 euro retirement package to the on-going recruitment embargo on desperately needed special needs assistants, gardaí, social and healthcare workers and we can see exactly where this Government’s priorities lie.

“Since the economic crisis began Sinn Féin has called for all public and civil service pay to be capped at 100,000 euro per year. This generous salary of three times the average wage is an appropriate level of pay for any civil servant paid out of the public purse.” ENDS

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