Saturday 10 December 2016

Lack of political will to hold heads to account

Published 09/05/2011 | 05:00

I NOTICE there are increasing reports of various public-sector managers resigning, be they on the HSE board or as head of the VHI, with the new Government using it as evidence it is 'walking the walk' in terms of public-sector reform at senior levels.

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However, when those people have been responsible for allowing organisations under their control to become unfit for purpose, it is completely unacceptable that they are allowed to resign or retire early with no financial penalty. Where's the reform or accountability in that?

If it is possible to apply all manner of levies and taxes on 'ordinary' people, then it is possible to alter the terms of employment for a whole range of senior roles in the public sector. The only thing preventing this happening is a lack of political will to hold anyone at senior level in the public sector to account, legally or financially.

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