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Kenny told to 'reverse orgy' of State jobs given by Cowen

ENDA Kenny has been called on to change the law on State board jobs to allow for the reversal of the last Government's appointments.

Independent TD Shane Ross made the demand after the Taoiseach revealed the Attorney General's legal advice was that the appointees could not be sacked.

Mr Ross said it is "not good enough" that the Government cannot "reverse the orgy" of State jobs dished out by Brian Cowen's administration as it left office.

He added that they "ought to be reversed, even if it means changing the law".

The Dublin South deputy insisted that "if the Attorney General has given advice, the Taoiseach must not hide behind it". Mr Kenny "must change the law because the quango culture and the culture of cronyism is still alive and well".

Mr Ross made the remarks as the Government reversed its promise to sack the 110 people appointed to State boards in the final days of the last government.

The Taoiseach said: "Legal advice from the Attorney General states that it is not possible to remove these appointees."

Mr Kenny said it was not worthwhile for the Government to get involved in "legal technicalities in removing people from State boards".

He added: "If the Government was still involved in six months' time in legal wrangles in removing person X from board Y, the deputy (Mr Ross) would be very unappreciative of the efforts we had tried to make in the spending of public money."

Mr Ross also criticised the Government's proposal that semi-State body chairs be interviewed by an Oireachtas committee.

comurphy@herald.ie


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