Sunday 22 January 2017

Cronyism is alive and well - and thriving with this Government

Published 19/01/2016 | 02:30

David Begg has bagged a plum job Photo: Damien Eagers
David Begg has bagged a plum job Photo: Damien Eagers

The news that Tánaiste Joan Burton has used a little-known clause in the new public appointment rules to personally appoint former trade union leader, David Begg, as the chairman of the Pensions Authority through bypassing the public appointments process, is further evidence that cronyism is alive and well and still widespread in Government circles - despite what we have been told to the contrary.

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If it wasn't such a serious matter it would be a joke what has happened here. Mr Begg is appointed to a plum job by the Labour Party leader in the dying days of this administration.

He even had the audacity to label the €20k salary appointment - on top of all his other income avenues - as not being a crock of gold, yet 125,000 of the workforce are solely depending on a salary less than that amount.

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