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Sinn Féin calls on Minister Howlin to set up Action Group to tackle semi state executive pay and bonuses

28 June, 2011 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin’s Public Expenditure and Reform Spokesperson Mary Lou McDonald TD today called on Minister Brendan Howlin TD to set up an Action Group within his Department to tackle high pay and bonuses of executives in the commercial semi-state sector.

Deputy McDonald was responding to comments made by Government spokespersons that there has been no ‘tradition’ of Government intervening in the fixing of salaries in State companies other than for the chief executives.

The Dublin Central TD said:

“Year after year the controversy surrounding the pay and conditions of semi state executives enters the public domain and year on year the Government of the day side steps the issue.

“It is a scandal that semi state executives deem it appropriate or right to award themselves significant bonuses during one of the worst economic recessions in the history of the State. Nearly 15% of the States workforce is unemployed yet semi states bosses seem to think its business as usual.

“If this Government is serious about reform Minister Howlin needs to set up an Action Group within his Department to review the pay and bonuses of senior management in commercial semi states. Commenting from the side lines is not enough. Government must take decisive and bold actions.” ENDS

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