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Tuesday 16 September 2014

John Moran: Top civil servant at Finance Department quits

Published 07/05/2014 | 13:09

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John Moran former General Secretary of the Department of Finance
John Moran former General Secretary of the Department of Finance

THE Secretary General of the Department of Finance has quit the role.

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John Moran was appointed secretary general of the Department Finance in 2012 and is seen as a close ally of Minister Michael Noonan.

He previously worked as head of the banking unit at the Department, which he joined from the Central Bank. Before that Mr Moran’s background was in the private sector, as a senior banker and corporate lawyer working mostly outside Ireland.

He was the first “outsider” ever appointed to the top job in the Department of Finance.

Minister Noonan and staff at the Department are understood to have been informed of the decision earlier today.

In a statement Michael Noonan said he accepted Mr Moran’s resignation with “great regret.”

“Since his appointment as Secretary General he has been involved in every significant decision taken by me throughout the bail out programme, including those decisions which saw Ireland successfully exiting the programme,” Michael Noonan said..

“I valued his counsel during those very difficult times and I wish John every success in the future,” he said.

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