Monday 22 January 2018

Carey stuffs FF insiders into quangos on final day in office

Nick Webb

Nick Webb

Former Fianna Fail Minister for Transport Pat Carey (right) appointed a top constituency colleague to the board of the National Roads Authority (NRA) on his last day before leaving office.

It was but one of an orgy of Fianna Fail insiders being appointed to State boards or quangos in the dying days of Brian Cowen's government.

Jim Donlon has been Fianna Fail's "Constituency Director of Organisation" for Dublin North West, where Carey lost his seat in last month's General Election. In 2008, the NRA paid its board members €98,340 or about €9,000 each.

Carey plonked former Fianna Fail TD Marian McGennis on the board of Dublin Bus. McGennis was once a TD in Bertie Ahern's Dublin Central constituency.

Carey was also holding the fort at the Department of Communications and Natural Resources. Just before he left office, he appointed Peter Ormond to the board of An Post. Ormond is better known as a Fianna Fail county councillor in Offaly. The part-time role at An Post paid €16,000 per year in 2009.

In his role as Minister for the Gaeltacht, Carey also re-appointed two Fianna Fail insiders to the Western Development Commission during his final days. Mary Hoade, a Galway Fianna Fail councillor was re-appointed to the board, as was Mary Devine O'Callaghan, who was once a director of elections for former Fianna Fail minister for housing Michael Finneran in Roscommon.

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