Tuesday 21 October 2014

Michael Noonan: ‘John Moran was never going to be 40-year civil servant’

Published 16/05/2014 | 13:45

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John Moran
John Moran
Minister for Finance Michael Noonan. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Minister for Finance Michael Noonan. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Finance Minister Michael Noonan has said his departing Secretary General John Moran had made it clear he “never intended to be a 40-year civil servant”.

Speaking on RTE’s News At One, Mr Noonan said the outgoing Mr Moran, who is Secretary General of the Department of Finance, took the position in 2012.

“John came in and it was quite clear that he never intended to be a 40-year career civil servant.

“He came in for a set of specific reasons. He had an awful lot of expertise on the banking side and his first job, as head of banking, was to advise on the recapitalisations of banks

“And we’ve made good progress now on restoring the banks.

“But of course there’s a whole lot of other work to be done in the department.

“We’ve made some progress and we got out of the bailout programme and led the way for countries like Portugal [but] there’s an awful lot to be done to grow the economy and get people back to work.”

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