Tuesday 21 November 2017

Cream of nation are on thin ice

If the current crop of civil servants are first division, what will second division be like, wonders Brendan O'Connor

TOP civil servants are the cream of the nation. But in the future that cream may curdle its way over to the private sector, if we don't pay them more enormous salaries and if we don't give them better pensions.

In the future we may get second-division senior civil servants instead of what we currently have -- men with "great minds" and "a phenomenal work rate". Thus spake the chairman of the Higher Public Servants Remuneration Committee to The Irish Times on Friday.

Tony O'Brien's prophetic warning raises many important questions for this country. Firstly, we need to ask ourselves: if recent senior civil servants -- the guys in Finance who oversaw the banking crisis, the guys in the Financial Regulator's Office, the senior bods in the Central Bank -- are the first division, what the hell would the second division look like?

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