Saturday 21 January 2017

Defending the indefensible

Published 30/01/2010 | 05:00

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.

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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.

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