Restoring pride to civil service
Sir -- I was surprised that the new Public Reform and Expenditure secretary general, Robert Watt, had to write to his colleagues about extra payments to officials (Sunday Independent, November 13, 2011). I retired as a senior civil servant in 1999 after almost 50 years' service. For many years, it was a privilege for me to serve on State boards.
I was never paid, or sought, fees or payment of additional sums, for undertaking the extra duties involved. Also, there was never any question of taking on paid work outside the civil service, to which our time and energies were devoted. I'm glad that these honourable traditions of the Irish civil service are being restored.