Corrigan under fire on NewEra appointment
THE failure to advertise or carry out an interview for a key role in the NTMA was condemned by politicians yesterday at the Public Accounts Committee.
The appointment of Eileen Fitzpatrick, a senior director of the NTMA to head up the NewEra unit within the NTMA, was the subject of extensive questions at the committee, with John Corrigan, NTMA chief executive under pressure over the issue.
He admitted no interview was held for the post and Ms Fitzpatrick was simply transferred into the post -- Mr Corrigan declined to reveal the salary for the job.
"If the banks pulled a stunt like this, there would be uproar,'' said Sean Fleming, Fianna Fail. Other members, including Shane Ross, also questioned the appointment process.
All members said they were not criticising Ms Fitzpatrick personally or doubting her ability. Mr Corrigan said the NTMA uses three recruitment options -- transfers, open competition and headhunting. After taking advice from the NTMA's advisory council, he decided on a transfer.