Blatant hypocrisy in Minister Ross’s weak approach to tackling CEO contracts - Munster
Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Transport Imelda Munster TD has today dismissed Minister Shane Ross’ proposal to address an anomaly which has allowed seven Chief Executives of semi-State companies under the remit of the Department of Transport to remain in their posts for longer than the seven-year limit as recommended by Government guidelines.
Minister Ross agreed that the situation is unacceptable, yet his proposals to remedy the situation consist of more watery guidelines, that have no legal standing.
Deputy Munster had asked the Minister if he would amend legislation for these semi-State Chief Executives to stop the current situation where seven CEOs have been in situ for longer than the recommended limit.
Teachta Munster said:
“It’s very simple. If the will had been there, Minister Ross could have amended Section 30 of the 1996 Harbours Act to rectify this anomaly.
“Instead, he took a much weaker option; changing the guidelines, which we already know are not worth the paper they are written on. Compare this to his stance on judicial appointments and ask why the Minister won’t take CEOs and businesses to task?
“Minister Ross has been very outspoken for years about his disdain for and intolerance of cronyism and ‘jobs for the boys’. He is happy to insist that legislation regarding judicial appointments is introduced, yet he has allowed this particular example of very poor governance to continue in his own department.
"It is ludicrous, and shows the little interest he appears to have in matters that he is actually responsible for. We saw that he had the same attitude towards public transport and workers in that sector.
“Some CEOs have been in their positions for over 15 years. Others have contracts of indefinite duration. Some even received large sums in compensation as a result of the anomaly.
“Minister Ross won’t take on CEOs or semi-state commercial bodies. He is refusing to bring in legislation to stamp this practice out for once and for all. Do his principles only apply to the judiciary? Given the controversy over judicial appointments this week, and the Minister’s position on that matter it is astonishing that this is how he approaches governance of semi-state bodies under his remit.”