Sunday 19 November 2017

Brian Purcell 'may keep €200k salary' - Leo Varadkar

Former Department of Justice secretary general resigned yesterday

Emma Jane Hade

Emma Jane Hade

HEALTH Minister Leo Varadkar has said that the former Department of Justice secretary general may get to keep his €200,000 salary, despite the fact that he resigned from his high ranking civil service position yesterday.

Speaking in Dublin earlier this morning, Mr Varadkar said he has yet to read the damning report into the “secretive” Justice Department, but said that he believes that Brian Purcell may retain his salary due to pre-negotiated terms.

“I imagine that Mr Purcell has contractual rights and so on, and it may relate to that, but really it is a matter for Minister Fitzgerald to comment on rather than me

 “I haven’t read the report yet, I hope to get a chance to read it at the weekend,” he added.

Calls have been made from opposition parties today for Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the current and former Justice Ministers, Frances Fitzgerald and Alan Shatter, to appear before an Oireachtas Committtee to answer questions in relation to the alleged sacking of former Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan.

However, Minister Varadkar said that he believes that this would be unnecessary.

“I don’t think it is necessary. We have a commission of enquiry under Justice Fennelly, and I think he should be allowed to do his work,” he said.

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