By Ken Foxe
Brendan Howlin, the Minister responsible for overseeing a pay cap for special advisers, tried repeatedly to come to a compromise agreement on the pay of Ciaran Conlon.
The negotiations over the bumper salary of €127,000 that was finally set out for Mr Conlon show that Brendan Howlin had serious concerns about it and did not believe it could be justified under any circumstances.
He also said it would set a poor example and would provoke other Ministers into seeking higher pay for their advisers, or ask for salaries – that were already agreed – to be renegotiated.
full article at source:http://thestory.ie/2011/12/20/howlins-compromise-on-pay-rejected-by-the-taoiseach/
On the bases of this information there should now be a full independent investigation into what if any undue influence or conflict of interest this bizarre action by Mr Kenny has .This whole business stinks to high heaven and smacks of payback big time! This must be challenged; Kenny must answer to the people why this man can command this king of salary when the vast majority of the people are scraping by just to put food on the table! How long more are the people of Ireland going to allow this kind of blatant cronyism continue????
- Taoiseach breaches Govt’s salary cap for special advisors – report (thepressnet.com)
- The Politics Of Distraction (ansionnachfionn.com)
- Howlin : “Noonan is fundamentally examining the functioning of NAMA” (politics.ie)