THE Ordnance Survey paid €30,000 in bonuses to staff in 2010 that were in contravention of government policy.
The organisation is only now trying to get belated departmental approval for bonus payments to three staff, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) heard yesterday.
It heard that a total of €30,000 was paid out to four staff during 2010 despite emergency government legislation banning bonus payments to public servants as the state finances worsened.
Ordnance Survey of Ireland (OSI) chief executive Colin Bray said that it had paid €20,000 as a bonus to an employee who was recruited for their marketing expertise during a challenging time for the organisation.
The bonus payment had been agreed in the employee's contract, which provided for a €100,000 salary with €80,000 to be paid as regular salary and €20,000 to be paid based on performance that was evaluated every quarter.
Another three employees were paid a total of €10,000 in bonuses for their work on managing workplace change during that period.