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Thursday 25 May 2017

Fitzgerald in line for €118,000 payout as part of seven different organisations

Liam Collins

Liam Collins

He's been called 'king of the quangos' and, apart from his public-service pension, John Fitzgerald will earn more than €118,000 this year in expenses and fees from state boards.

The retired Dublin City manager is chairman of an astonishing five state boards and a member of two more semi-state agencies.

He's chairman of loss-making An Post.

He's chairman of the National Transport Authority.

He's chairman of the Grangegorman Development Authority.

He's chairman of the two Limerick Regeneration Boards, north and south.

And he's topped it off as vice chairman of the north-south trade organisation Intertrade Ireland and as a member of the board of the Health Service Executive (HSE).

Mr Fitzgerald is the favoured choice when it comes to stuffing state boards.

"One individual shouldn't be heading up so many public boards," said Michael Collins, Fianna Fail TD for Limerick, last week.

As chairman of An Post, which lost €60m last year, Mr Fitzgerald earned €31,000 in fees.

In 2010, he earned €20,577 in fees from the Grangegorman Development Authority, although the agency -- which was set up to develop an education campus on the site of a former mental home -- says that because the agency has been downgraded, the fee for 2011 will be reduced to €8,987.

Last year, Mr Fitzgerald also earned €20,520 as chairman of the National Transport Authority and another €14,963 as member of the board of the HSE.

He also claimed expenses of €88 from the HSE.

Mr Fitzgerald also heads the Limerick Regeneration boards -- which haven't published financial reports since 2008.

He is believed to have earned fees of €16,000 last year from his chairmanship of both Limerick Regeneration Boards.

He is also a director of Cork-based, Irish-Dutch multi-national Reox Holdings, which saw the value of its Irish property holdings slashed by €27m in 2010.

Mr Fitzgerald, who is a career civil servant and was Dublin City manager for a decade to 1996, is also paid a pension in line with the current Dublin City manager's salary of €189,301.

"It is questionable whether one person can adequately discharge that number of jobs -- only he can answer that," said TD Niall Collins of Mr Fitzgerald.

Mr Fitzgerald could not be contacted at any of the companies he chairs last week. He was said to be away.

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