Friday 24 February 2017

Declan Lynch: Don't shoot! He's just the piano player

The system has trouble telling the difference between the deserving and the undeserving, writes Declan Lynch

RARELY a day goes by now in Ireland without the news that someone, somewhere, is being grotesquely overpaid. There is a whole caste of people out there, mostly of the managerial or executive type, many of them allegedly servants of the State, who seem to be getting about 150 grand a year more than they should be getting.

A personal favourite would be Maurice Manning's €237,000 a year for "heading up" the Human Rights Commission, while Ban Ki-Moon receives €171,000 for being Secretary-General of the United Nations.

They are a special breed who live in this pay bubble, observed with amazement by everyone else, leading to that extraordinary announcement in the Budget that from now on, no public servant would get paid more than 250 grand a year.

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