Pension 'largesse' the norm for top civil service mandarins
The culture of lavish top-ups is hardly something new, writes Daniel McConnell, Political Correspondent
The current scandal over Paul Kiely's controversial €742,000 pension payout from the Central Remedial Clinic (CRC) has brought into sharp focus the question of how top people in this country are paid. Across the voluntary hospital and agency sector, senior medical executives this weekend remain in breach of government pay scales over top-ups to their salaries and pensions.
Rehab chief executive Angela Kerins's continued refusal to disclose her salary is just the latest focal point in this row, which has justifiably enraged the public. But it is not just in the health sector that such generous arrangements exist.
While there have been calls for the likes of Kiely to hand back a portion of his pension package, what about the senior civil servants on whose watch the country's economic demise occurred?