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ESB Chief’s salary scandalous – McDonald

27 October, 2011 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD


Sinn Féin Public Expenditure and Reform Spokesperson Mary Lou McDonald TD has accused Labour Minister Brendan Howlin of looking after those at the top of the public and semi state sector whilst attacking at every turn those on low and middle incomes.

Deputy McDonald said:

“Minister Howlin’s decision to award the new ESB Chief a salary over 30% in excess of the Government’s own pay ceiling for commercial semi states is an absolute scandal.

“Just a few short months ago Brendan Howlin as Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform announced to great fanfare that he intended imposing a generous pay cap of €250,000 on the salaries of newly appointed commercial semi state CEO’s.

“Yet when the next plum CEO job in the commercial semi state comes up the Minister awards the new ESB boss a salary €68,000 euro in excess of the pay cap. It is worth noting that the new Chief comes from within the organisation so claims of needing to shell out extra cash to attract ‘new’ talent really won’t wash.

“This is not the first time the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform has broken his own Departments pay ceilings, in fact it’s at least the fifteenth time in recent months. He has already awarded at least 14 Ministerial special advisors salaries over the Government’s pay ceiling. The Minister has also presided over bonanza pension pay offs to top dogs in the civil service.

“This Government like the last continues to look after those at the top of the public and semi state sector whilst attacking at every turn those on low and middle incomes. Self-interest and greed were the hallmarks of successive Fianna Fail led Governments and it appears not much is changing on that front with Labour and Fine Gael at the helm.” ENDS

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