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Sunday 4 December 2016

Pay for public servants still above 'ceiling' of €250,000

Emmet Oliver Deputy Business Editor

Published 09/04/2011 | 05:00

A NUMBER of public servants continue to be paid above a €250,000 pay 'ceiling' the last Government wanted to see imposed in the public sector, a Department of Finance briefing note discloses.

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The briefing note, for Finance Minister Michael Noonan, also suggests a range of spending cuts will be needed later this year to deal with a weakening domestic economy, although exports remain buoyant.

Social welfare is likely to be the main area for these cuts and the briefing note refers to the universal nature of child-benefit payments.

In his budget speech in December, outgoing finance Brian Lenihan said: "The Government believes there should be a maximum salary rate of €250,000 in the public sector."

The briefing note reveals that several office holders are above the €250,000 rate:



  • President Mary McAleese.
  • Some members of the judiciary.
  • The recently appointed chief executive of the HSE.
  • The chief executive of the NRA, although his pay was reduced by 15pc.
  • A vice-president of research at UCD.
  • Several hospital consultants. The precise numbers cannot be quantified, states the briefing note.
  • Staff at the NTMA.


In his budget speech, Mr Lenihan admitted there were issues about the "contractual position of incumbent post-holders". This view is also repeated in the briefing note.

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