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Sunday 21 September 2014

Ban bonuses for civil servants says expert group

Fionnan Sheahan, Group Political Editor

Published 10/06/2014 | 22:29

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The Independent Panel on Accountability and Performance in the Civil Service concludes there is no role for performance related pay in the civil service.

A ban on bonuses for civil servants and a new head of the civil service is recommended in a Government report by an expert group.

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The report also calls for a clampdown on ministerial advisers, with a code of conduct on their roles and interaction with the civil service.

The Independent Panel on Accountability and Performance in the Civil Service concludes there is no role for performance related pay in the civil service.

It says the payment of bonuses may even contrary to the goals of the civil service.

The panel says there should be a new head of the civil service at secretary general level.

The holder of this position would be separate to the secretaries general of the Department of the Taoiseach and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.

The panel also says there should be a new board of directors for the civil service. Chaired by the Taoiseach, the Civil Service Accountability Board would also contain members from outside the civil service.

The new head of the civil service would have its own team of officials, report to the Taoiseach and concentrate solely on the implementation and performance management in the civil service.

On special advisers, it says those directly appointed by ministers would have to undertake special training about their interaction with the civil service.

The panel was chaired by Dr Kevin Rafter, Associate Professor of Political Communication in DCU, and also consisted of Dorothea Dowling, chairperson of the Personal Injuries Assessment Board, and Michael Howard, former secretary general of the Department of Defence.

The report was sent to the Cabinet.

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