Defending the indefensible
IN claiming that the reason the former FAS director general was given a larger than necessary severance package was that the Government wanted to initiate rapid change in the organisation, the Tanaiste is attempting to defend the indefensible and to rationalise the inexplicable.
Government protestations do nothing to diminish the public perception that the deal was a secretive betrayal of public trust and that there was more to it than meets the eye.
The revelation about the topped-up payment gives the lie to the consistent assertions by Mary Coughlan and Brian Cowen that the deal struck with Mr Molloy was no more than the public service norm. The €3.8m golden handshake exceeds the 'public service norm' by almost €900,000.