Finance Department official quits
One of the top civil servants in the Government has resigned after less than a year and a half at the head of the Department of Finance.
John Moran took up the post in December 2012 after being brought in from the Central Bank and spending five years running juice bars in France.
Finance Minister Michael Noonan paid tribute to the former secretary general saying he had been involved in every significant decision taken by the department during the three years Ireland was in the bailout.
"It was with great regret that today I accepted a letter of resignation from Mr John Moran, secretary general at the Department of Finance," Mr Noonan said.
"Since John first joined the Department of Finance on secondment from the Central Bank he played a leading role in recapitalising the banking sector and restoring the economy at a very difficult time.
"Since his appointment as secretary general he has been involved in every significant decision taken by me throughout the bailout programme, including those decisions which saw Ireland successfully exiting the programme.
"I valued his counsel during those very difficult times and I wish John every success in the future."