Payment for health minister's advisor criticised
Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has criticised the scale of the payments being made to the Special Delivery Unit policy advisor to health minister James Reilly. Deputy Ó Caoláin said:
"A payment package of €160,000 per annum for three years for an advisor who spends an average of two weeks per month in Ireland is totally unacceptable.
“This minister and this government are still pandering to a culture of privilege among many of those occupying the most senior state-paid positions.
“ At a time when front-line staff in our public health system such as nurses have experienced pay cuts, huge pressure due to other spending cuts and the mass exodus of colleagues retiring at the end of this month, the excessive payments to this advisor and to others at the top of the HSE serves to undermine the public service ethos which is the life-blood of our public health services."