There are many well established examples of state and semi-state officials getting ridiculous and frankly obscene salaries for quite ordinary jobs. To me this is the real elephant in the room as far as leading the way to becoming more competitive, and the importance of this was highlighted in the recent figures on inflation…as the rest of the country tightens it’s belt the state is actually becoming MORE expensive to run, and contributes more misery to already hard pressed tax payers – direct or indirect.
Leaders lead, and I would expect a real leader to reduce all quangos, semi-states and public sector salaries, including TDs and ministers, to practical levels given the circumstances. Let the market decide if people no longer wish to stay in the state’s employment, but I very much doubt that someone like the CEO of the DAA would move on if his 500k + bonus was reduced to 150k, etc. Once the Celtic Tiger salaries are gone we can as a nation start to move on, but as long as the elite still retain the trappings of success while Joe Randomer struggles we’ll get nowhere.