Thursday 20 October 2016

Banking inquiry: Former secretary general Dermot McCarthy giving evidence

Published 15/07/2015 | 02:30

Former top-ranking civil servant Dermot McCarthy
Former top-ranking civil servant Dermot McCarthy

Former secretary general at the Department of An Taoiseach, Dermot McCarthy, who was one of the most influential people in Irish government circles for over a decade, gives evidence today at the banking inquiry.

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The Dubliner, schooled at Synge Street CBS and holding a BA and MA from Trinity College, was a career civil servant who served at senior level in the Industry and Commerce and Health Departments before moving to the Taoiseach's Department in 1993.

Largely unknown to the general public, he was soon associated with social partnership negotiations, especially under Taoiseach Bertie Ahern.

He served under three Taoisigh, including Brian Cowen and Enda Kenny, as secretary general of Roinn an Taoisigh from 2000 until 2011.

Bertie Ahern particularly relied upon his advice, and he served through a boom period which saw large increases in public pay. He was a genial figure with a keen sense of humour, known also for his activism in several Catholic organisations including St Vincent de Paul.

His fear of flying meant foreign trips were always overland marathons by train and ferry.

Irish Independent

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