Sunday 22 September 2019

Tough critic of public pay won't reveal his earnings

Ex-IMO chief George McNeice
Ex-IMO chief George McNeice
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

A union boss, who is one of the toughest critics of public pay, has refused to disclose his own salary.

Liam Doran, general secretary of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO), declined to reveal his remuneration package yesterday as head of the country's largest nursing union. Financial accounts filed by the union in July last year showed its wages and pensions bill for 2013 amounted to €5.35m.

This works out at an average cost of €77,591 for 69 staff, 12 of whom are part-time. However, the accounts give no breakdown of the individual salaries.

It has no information on other potential perks of management or the various grades of staff in the union.

The staff costs are made up of salary, social welfare costs and employer's pension contribution.

The union has a defined benefit pension scheme and was expected to contribute €876,000 to the scheme in 2014. It cost over €1m in 2013.

The accounts reveal the union to be financially healthy, with net assets of €14.9m.

Meanwhile, the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO), the doctors' union, yesterday confirmed it is still without a chief executive three years after it was thrown into turmoil.

It has not yet reappointed a chief executive since the 2012 controversy over the shock disclosure that its former chief, George McNeice (51), was entitled to a massive pay and pension deal worth €20m.

The revelation, which led to anger among rank and file members, was negotiated down to €9.7m on retirement, including a pension fund of €4.5m.

Mr McNeice's annual package including salary, bonus and pension contribution was €492,355 in 2012. A spokesman for the IMO said yesterday it had substantially overhauled its practices in recent years.

This culminated in the adoption of new rules, which allow for the publication of the salary and benefits paid to any chief executive.

The pay of the president has been reduced from €100,000 to €35,000.

"There is currently no chief executive and the matter is under review," said the spokesman.

Management consultant Niall Saul acted in an executive capacity for a short period in 2013.

He was now one of two non-executive directors on the board and was paid €12,500 a year, said the spokesman.

Irish Independent

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