Reform pay levels at the top
IRISH hospital consultants won a deal from Health Minister Mary Harney that would make their European colleagues goggle. Irish academics got the taxpayer to stand behind their gilt-edged pensions, as well as being paid to the very highest levels.
The news from both quarters yesterday can only add to the general sense of outrage about the attitudes of people at the top of the tree. Consultants, who receive state salaries of around €183,000, have not returned any fees earned from treating more private patients than agreed in their contracts.
New heads of universities are to be paid less than present incumbents, who earn up to €200,000 a year, although this emerged from the Department of Education only when Trinity College Dublin, advertised for a new provost at the old rate.