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HSE boss gave €24,000 'gift' to state last year

HEALTH Service Executive (HSE) chief executive Cathal Magee made a €24,158 'gift' to the state from his 2011 salary of €322,000, it emerged yesterday, writes Eilish O'Regan.

Mr Magee, who is on a five-year contract, donated the money to the Department of Finance, according to its annual report. He responded to the request made to senior staff earning more than €250,000 in the public sector last year to take a voluntary 15pc pay cut.

The 'gift' does not affect Mr Magee's pension entitlements. The report revealed he is also getting a €14,000-a-year car allowance but, unlike his predecessor Brendan Drumm, he receives no bonus.

Mr Magee will be among the senior managers in the HSE who must reapply for a job in the coming months due to a top-tier overhaul.

The post of chief executive is to be abolished and replaced by a director general.

Irish Independent