Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Public Expenditure and Reform Seán Fleming TD has called on the Government to immediately cease granting ‘special severance gratuity’ to new Secretaries-General. This practice is excessive and inappropriate and must stop now. Deputy Fleming made the comments as the Government prepares yet again to fill another top post, this time at the Department of Finance.
Deputy Fleming said: “The Government is failing to act despite its commitments to reform in this area. Four new Secretaries-General have already been appointed by this Government under terms that Ministers have publically described as totally inappropriate and unacceptable.
“The Government is trying to hoodwink the Irish people on the issue of reform. They continually say one thing and do another. Whenever Minister Howlin is asked about this issue he immediately refers to his new pension scheme for public servants, which will not have any impact for at least 40 years. He is great to announce to changes for 40 years time, but he won’t do anything that will have an impact in the short-term.
“I am calling on Minister Howlin to publically declare that these special arrangements which apply only to Secretaries General whose terms of appointment include the Top Level Appointments Committee (TLAC) exit terms, will not apply in relation to this new appointment or any future appointments.”