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Bumper payoffs for secretaries general must come to an end – McDonald

17 November, 2011 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin Public Expenditure and Reform Spokesperson Mary Lou McDonald TD has this morning sharply criticised her Ministerial counterpart Brendan Howlin TD for failing to end the practice of serving secretaries general receiving bumper pension payoffs.

Deputy McDonald said:

“It is an absolute disgrace that yet another outgoing secretary general will retire early on a full pension worth €114,000 a year on top of a lump sum pay off that is for most the equivalent of winning the lotto.

“Fine Gael and Labour promised a new day on entering government yet it is business as usual. Those at the top of the public sector get bumper pay and pensions whilst the front line is decimated by cuts to staff and funding.

“Labour Minister Brendan Howlin TD has options. He could rescind the practice of added years and special severance gratuity payments to retiring secretaries general under the Superannuation and Pension Act of 1963.

“Minister Howlin could also introduce additional bands to the Public Service Pension Reduction targeting retired public servants on excessive pensions. Let’s not forget there are currently over 100 retired civil servants in receipt of pensions in excess of €100,000 euro per year. Yet the majority of retired civil and public sector workers receive very modest pensions.

“If this Government is serious about public sector reform it needs to step up and tackle the culture of entitlement that prevails amongst the top layer of the public sector.” ENDS

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