Brendan O'Connor: Taxes, not charity, should help fund the vulnerable
THE big talking point for everyone last week was undoubtedly the earnings of hospital and charity senior management. Inevitably it focused a lot on Rhona Mahony, the Master of Holles Street. She is a woman, she is young, she is photogenic, she is outspoken, she is stylish and she is out there. She fascinates people, for better or worse. Even when it emerged that what was previously incorrectly assumed to be a top-up to Rhona's salary from the car park or the cafe was actually her legitimate earnings from delivering babies, the discussion continued as to whether she was worth it or not. The knee-jerk reaction was that no one is worth nearly 300 grand a year, with some considering that if you could be making nearly as much without taking on the responsibility of running a hospital, strategically and operationally, down to being on call most of the time, that if you spent a huge part of your adult life studying and training, and that if your tenure was for a limited time, then maybe you need to be well paid.