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Public sector golden handshake retirees since govt took office March 2011

Dermot McCarthy: Former Secretary General, Department of the Taoiseach



Annual pension: €142,670

Sean O'Gorman

Former Secretary General, Department of Enterprise

Brigid McManus

Outgoing Secretary General, Department of Education (due to leave in February)

James Hamilton

Former Director of Public Prosecutions

Michael Scanlon

Outgoing Secretary General, Department of Health (awarded pension top-up to bring him up to 40 years)

Kevin Cardiff

Former Secretary General, Department of Finance

John O'Connor

An Bord Pleanala

Sunday Independent