Saturday 17 March 2018

Transport department queried exit deal for Bus Éireann CEO

Martin Nolan, former CEO of Bus Éireann. Photo: Tom Burke
Martin Nolan, former CEO of Bus Éireann. Photo: Tom Burke

Anne-Marie Walsh

The Department of Transport queried the severance package that was given to the former chief executive of Bus Éireann Martin Nolan, who quit ahead of a major cost-cutting plan earlier this year.

Documents released following a Freedom of Information request reveal that senior department officials had asked the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform to help them with questions that they had in relation to the calculation of the "proposed settlement".

However, they were told that it was up to them to satisfy themselves that the details were "consistent with good governance" and any contractual obligations.

"We are not aware of the negotiations/agreement between the individual concerned and the company giving rise to below [the settlement]," said an official from the Department of Public Expenditure.

The two departments have refused to give details of the amount that was paid, on the basis that it was "personal information".

Mr Nolan stepped down a year before he was due to depart following the recruitment of senior executive Ray Hernan to implement some €7m in cuts to the payroll for the workforce of 2,600.

This led to a bitter dispute with unions, and strikes.

Bus Éireann was warned against giving senior executives "excessive" voluntary redundancy deals.

Irish Independent

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