Wednesday 22 November 2017

HSE bosses stay silent on payouts in HSE exits

THE HSE has refused to disclose if any severance packages are available to two senior executives -- who are moving to highly paid new jobs.

Sean McGrath and Brian Gilroy are in the last weeks of their employment with the health body.

Mr McGrath is to join the World Bank in Washington and Mr Gilroy has landed a position with RTE, it has been revealed.

Both men enjoyed lucrative salary packages during their time with the HSE.

While the organisation said previously there is no special exit package or pension due to Mr McGrath, it has declined to discuss the matter further.

No information has been provided regarding Mr Gilroy.

Speculation has grown that there will be a raft of other high-profile departures from the executive as Health Minister James Reilly implements restructuring plans.

Mr McGrath, as the HSE's national director of human resources, will become the global vice-president of human resources at the World Bank.


He left National Irish Bank to take on the HSE job and started on a basic salary of €205,000.

He also received a performance-related bonus of 25pc and a pension contribution based on 25pc of basic pay, according to reports.

The recommended salary for the job was €159,179 when he started in 2008.

Mr Gilroy, an HSE board member and national director of integrated services, is understood to be on a salary in the range of €160,000.

He is joining RTE as director of operations

When contacted, an HSE spokeswoman said: "We will not be commenting on an individual staff member's contract arrangements. The salary scales for national directors (and all staff grades) are published on the Dept of Health website.

"Please note...both staff members are leaving to take up other posts."

A Department of Health and Children spokesman said it is a matter for the HSE.

"I would presume they would be entitled to whatever is in (their contracts). It's up to the HSE to comment on that," he told the Herald.

It is unclear whether either of the two men's decision to step down was made in the context of the February 29 deadline for public service employees.

After that date, the pension and lump sum entitlements of State paid workers are to be reduced.

Fianna Fail health spokesman Billy Kelleher said public sector employees are making decisions based on the deadline. He said he did not know enough about Mr McGrath's and Mr Gilroy's individual circumstances to comment on them specifically.


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