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Taoiseach must deal with semi-state pension issue - Cullinane

29 January, 2014 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin Senator David Cullinane today called on Taoiseach Enda Kenny to intervene in the Ray O’Dwyer pension controversy:

Senator Cullinane said:

“Ray O’Dwyer who is now Head of Operations at Irish Water was employed by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government less than a year after he retired from his managerial position with Waterford County Council.

“The former County Manager whose role was to oversee local government reform and the implementation of the Report of the Local Government Efficiency Review Group left his post as County Manager in 2011 with a €334,000 pension package.

When Mr. Dwyer retired as manager of Waterford County Council in September 2011 he became the beneficiary of a special deal, only available to county managers and secretary generals of government departments.

This deal meant he was allowed pension benefits for years he did not work. He was given eight years of additional benefits to bring his years of public service to 40, when in fact he worked for 32 years. He received severance pay of €66,255, a gross pension lump sum of €204,871 and an annual pension of €63,335.

“This is an appalling situation when so many ordinary people are struggling to get by on low incomes.

“The Taoiseach needs to intervene here and ensure that abatement rules apply to the Semi-state sector.

“He and Fine Gael got elected on the promise that they would bring an end to cronyism and ‘jobs for the boys’ but this shows that its business as usual and that nothing has changed in terms of accountability and lavish and over the top pensions.

“The ‘old boys’ network’ is alive and well and it’s long past time that it was gone. The Taoiseach needs to act and act now.”

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