Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Questions (43)

Michael Colreavy


42 Deputy Michael Colreavy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will provide, in a tabular form, the number of current incumbents in the public service who have approved salary rates in excess of €200,000; the number of current incumbents in the in the commercial State companies that have annual salary rates in excess of €200,000. [32377/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Expenditure)

The Government adopted my proposal in June 2011 for the introduction of:—

a general pay ceiling of €200,000 for future appointments to higher positions across the public service; and

a general pay ceiling of €250,000 forfuture appointments to CEO posts within Commercial State Companies.

Following the outcome to the referendum on remuneration for the Judiciary the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (Amendment) Act, 2011 was enacted. This Act provided for the application of the pay reduction and the pension levy to serving members of the judiciary and provided for reduced remuneration rates for newly appointed members of the judiciary with effect from 1 January 2012. The Act also made provision to bring certain Office holders (Comptroller and Auditor General and Chairperson of An Bord Pleanála) within the public service pay ceiling and for the reduction of remuneration for future appointees as President and the Office of Ombudsman. This legislation also formally provided for the reduction in the salary rates for members of the Government. Ongoing arrangements are being made on an administrative basis to implement the pay ceiling for future appointments where that is appropriate, for example within the Civil Service and the Heads of four Universities.

Based on the information available within my Department, there are 21 post holders in the public service and 93 Academic Consultants on approved salary levels in excess of €200,000. There are also 10 Chief Executive Officers in the commercial state sector (my responsibility under legislation extends only to the remuneration of the CEOs of Commercial State Companies). Details of those on approved salaries in excess of €200,000 p.a. are set out in the following tables.

Post Holders with a salary above €200,000 ceiling for Public Service








Chief Justice


Health Services Executive

Chief Executive Officer


Civil Service

Secretary General Level II


Statutory Office Holders



Non Commercial State Sponsored Agencies

Chief Executive Officer — National Roads Authority



University Heads


*University Framework Positions


Academic Medical Consultants


*The remuneration of appointments made under Section 25(5) of the Universities Act 1997 are not subject to Ministerial sanction.

CEO's of Commercial State Companies with salary above €200,000

Name of Organisation

An Post


Coillte Teoranta

Bord Gais Éireann

Iarnrod Éireann

Irish Aviation Authority


Bord na Mona



Dublin Airport Authority CEO post is vacant at present.

These figures are not reflective of any voluntary arrangement that the individuals concerned may have entered into, following the Government decision in June 2011 to seek voluntary waivers of salary of 15%, or by a lesser amount if the application of the full 15% reduction would bring the salary levels of such individuals to below the pay ceiling of €200,000 p.a. across the public service and of €250,000 within Commercial State Companies. For example all Secretaries General with approved salary levels above the ceiling have voluntarily waived the additional pay.

The Minister for Health is addressing the issue of the pay cap for newly appointed academic consultants in the context of his discussions with the representative associations for consultants on matters related to the consultant contract.

The Government did not decide to apply the pay ceilings to the Central Bank or to the National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA). However, following correspondence from me concerning the pay arrangements in those bodies my colleague, the Minister for Finance, who has responsibility for public service financial bodies has been informed that all fifteen NTMA employees whose salaries exceed €200,000 have agreed to a request that they waive 15% of salary or such amount of salary as exceeds €200,000 if application of the full 15% reduction would bring their salary to below €200,000.

Question No. 43 answered with Question No. 22.