Friday 15 December 2017

Public service needs an injection of youth

'Age and treachery will always overcome youth and enthusiasm' was one of the sayings from the television programme 'The Office'. Whether treachery is afoot in the corridors of power is a matter of speculation, but the reasonably youthful Secretary General of the Department of Public Enterprise and Reform, Robert Watt, certainly put the subject of age on the agenda yesterday when he told an Oireachtas committee that 45pc of public servants are over the age of 50, while just 4pc are under the age of 30.

Mr Watt believes that the situation "reflects a planning failure" and few would disagree with that observation.

The age demographic of public servants in the local authorities is believed to be even higher.

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