Michael Noonan seeks John Moran replacement by July
FINANCE Minister Michael Noonan wants a new Secretary General appointed to his department by the end of July, but isn't giving any hints as to whether it should be an outsider.
It was announced earlier this month that incumbent John Moran would be stepping down only 18 months after he was appointed.
Mr Noonan announced the Budget day would be on October 14 and said he wanted the department's top civil servant in place more than two months in advance.
"Last year, because the Budget was brought forward, all our tax people had to take their holidays in July or later [in the year] because they were working through August, so I would like a new Secretary General in place in the second half of July so that there's a two-and-a-half-month run into the Budget under the new general secretary," Mr Noonan said.
Mr Moran, who previously worked as head of the banking unit at the department, which he joined from the Central Bank, as well as in the private sector, was the first "outsider" ever appointed to the top job in the Department of Finance.
Asked if he favoured another outsider in the role, Mr Noonan said he didn't want to rush immediately into making plans for his replacement. "I'm thinking about what the best method of replacement is," Mr Noonan said.
The minister was speaking at the publication of the draft bill that will establish the €6.8bn Ireland Strategic Investment Fund and put the NewEra agency on a statutory footing.