Sunday 17 December 2017

Final cut should not be deepest

David Gunning, head of the semi-state company Coillte, was slow to accept the 15pc cut in his €297,000 annual salary decreed by Public Expenditure and Reform Minister Brendan Howlin. Happily, the issue has now been settled. Mr Gunning will take the cut.

He has done himself a disservice by lagging behind other semi-state chiefs in agreeing to "share the pain" -- which in his case is very much less severe than that inflicted by our economic woes on persons in humbler walks of life.

He has also, deliberately or otherwise, called attention to the numerous anomalies that surround pay and pension rates in the public service.

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