Q A CIVIL servant was paid his salary on the double for six years because of an "administrative error" in the Central Statistics Office (CSO).
The C&AG report says the official left the CSO in 2006 for another government department, and despite informing his former employer that he was still in receipt of a double payment, his salary continued to be paid. The overpayment amounted to €297,000.
The overpayment was identified in November 2011, and in October the following year the official wrote again to the CSO informing them of the error and submitting a cheque for €120,000. "The official indicated that any outstanding balance of the salary overpayments would be repaid," the report said.
After taking account of tax, social insurance and other contributions, the net amount overpaid was €206,000.
To date, over €201,000 has been repaid and the CSO is seeking recovery of the remainder.