Tuesday 20 February 2018

We need transparency on salaries now - and constant vigilance in the future

Former IFA secretary general Pat Smith
Former IFA secretary general Pat Smith
John Downing

John Downing

Rows like this one - about the former IFA secretary general's pay package - swiftly bring three types of stereotypical views before the long-suffering Irish public.

There's the "city slicker" arguing it's "not news" that the IFA's top man got half a million in 2013 - a year when the animal fodder crisis gripped rural Ireland. Your "city slicker" believes farm unions never miss an opportunity to "cry poverty" and this is just a case of the mask slipping.

There's the "small countryman," who gets a new lease of life about the "Dublin crowd - all out for themselves". And finally there's the upcoming business person, with management tendencies, who argues that "you have to pay the rate for the job."

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