Tag Archives: Department of Public Expenditure

The special adviser salaries and how Freedom of Information has helped significantly cut the annual wage bill

The Department of Public Expenditure has published a full list of all special adviser salaries on their website. There are a handful of cases where people have jumped up the salary scale beyond the point that they should normally start as reported here previously. There are also a couple of instances where individuals are above the scale altogether, […]

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Central Bank governor’s pay 40% higher than US counterpart while deputy governor pay negotiations see €13k cut in salary

IRELAND’S Central Bank chief is being paid significantly more than the head of the equivalent body in the United States, the Federal Reserve. Internal documents deciding upon the salary level for a new Deputy Governor in the bank have revealed that the governor of the Central Bank Philip Lane gets over 40% more than his […]

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Department of Justice looked for €65 million extra for gardai including a million-a-day for Joe Biden visit

The Department of Justice asked for €5 million to cover the cost of security for the visit of US Vice President Joe Biden to Ireland. The money was sought in a letter from Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald as part of a €9.45 million bill for policing VIP visits and commemorative events this year. It also […]

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Keeping political expenses secret: what the government has to say

Subsequent to my last post about the controversial decision to keep secret the invoices and receipts submitted by TDs and Senators for repayment from the public purse, I submitted several questions to the Information Commissioner about the decision. I asked them firstly if they had raised the point with government that the new FOI Act now […]

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