Nearly 400 of our top civil servants rake in over €100k
ALMOST 400 Government officials are continuing to take lucrative salary packages worth over €100,000, the Herald can reveal.
And an elite group of over 47 civil servants -- working across 14 Government departments -- are on salaries of over €150,000.
New figures today show the officials who are carrying out the day-to-day implementation of our austerity measures are still creaming it.
A staggering 68 officials employed by the Department of Foreign Affairs alone are on salary packages of over €100,000. Nine of these take home salaries of over €150,000 -- more than any other department. Some 59 staff members earn the bumper salary of over €100,000 in the Departments of Justice and Defence.
And the Departments of Finance and Public Expenditure have 43 staff members between them that take home salaries in excess of €100,000.
Although the Department of Communications has just 12 employees on salaries of over €100,000 -- and two employees on bumper salaries of over €150,000 -- a spokesperson confirmed that it paid one employee over €200,000.
Aidan Dunning, Secretary General of the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources is currently on the massive salary. The Department of Health also pays its Secretary General, Michael Scanlon, a whopping €200,000.
"The current salary for the Secretary General is €215k annually. Following a voluntary surrender by him, his salary is now €200k per annum," a Department spokesperson said.
At least 381 officials are on salaries of €100,000 or more.
The figures, obtained by Independent TD for Donegal South West Thomas Pringle, relate to the gross salaries of the individual.
Mr Pringle told the Herald that it is "completely rich" that those overseeing cutbacks in services are taking home "mammoth salaries".