Money grows on trees for top civil servants
THE pay of the top civil servants who run the vast assortment of State agencies, taskforces, semi-states, regulatory bodies and ombudsmen is, quite frankly, obscene.
The former senator Maurice Manning is paid €237,000 as president of the Human Rights Commission. By comparison, Ban Ki-moon, secretary general of the UN, is paid just €171,000.
David Gunning, chief executive of Coillte, which essentially watches trees growing in forests and cuts down a few of them, was paid €407,000 in 2008. That's more than US President Barack Obama gets.