THE Department of Finance has insisted it did not airbrush five years spent running a juice bar from the CV of its new secretary general.
John Moran was appointed to the position, considered the top post within the civil service, this week. However, an extremely detailed CV released by the Department failed to make any mention of the Celtic Tiger years he spent running a juice bar in the south of France.
From 2005 to 2010, Mr Moran left the financial rat-race completely -- but the Department doesn't think that running a small business is "relevant" to his new job.
The Herald can reveal that Mr Moran lived in the medieval fortress town Cordes-sur-Ciel in the south of France where he set up his juice bar JusSu.
However, despite making no mention of the significant career change in the CV provided, a spokesperson for the Department of Finance insisted that it had no concerns about Mr Moran's career break.
"Regarding his time with the juice bar, we didn't deem that to be relevant when it came to passing on his CV. He has spoken about his time running a juice bar before," they said.
Unlike Moran's previous stint at Zurich Bank and Zurich Capital Markets from 1997 to 2005, his juice bar days also failed to make his LinkedIn profile.
But the top civil servant has previously insisted: "It was the best career move I ever made to get well away from banking and the Irish banks during those years. It was a lot less stressful hanging out in the south of France than working in banking."
Top economist Constantin Gurdgiev said: "I wouldn't mind about the career break. It's quite common for people in finance in the past to take time off to focus on different businesses or even take time off altogether. The career is very demanding and often people want to diversify out of it.
"It's not surprising. The length of it is fairly substantial but in my view he was one of the best candidates we've seen."
The Trinity lecturer added, while he would have preferred an external candidate, he believed Mr Moran was the best choice from the candidates the had Department had.
Mr Moran will replace Kevin Cardiff, who controversially left the post in January to become Ireland's representative on the European Court of Auditors. He will be paid a salary of €200,000, less than the Government's salary cap.
Mr Moran beat two career civil servants -- assistant general secretary Michael McGrath and second secretary general Ann Nolan -- to the post.