New hospital group chief to earn €220,000

Former head of cancer programme to retain her current terms and conditions

The new chief executive of the group of public hospitals in Dublin and the midlands will be paid nearly €220,000 a year, it has emerged.

The HSE said the former head of the national cancer control programme, Dr Susan O’Reilly, will continue to receive her existing terms and conditions when she takes over her new role as chief executive of the Dublin-Midlands Hospital Group.

The HSE said Dr O’Reilly was currently in receipt of a salary of €178,593 as well as a clinical director allowance of €41,400, making a total of €219,993.

The Dublin-Midlands Hospital Group is one of the largest in the State and includes St James’s and Tallaght hospitals and St Luke’s radiation oncology network.


The HSE is redeploying a number of existing senior managers in the organisation to fill vacant chief executive positions in hospital groups. The HSE had been unable to secure chief executives for a number of the hospital groups on the salary scale on offer in a recent public recruitment campaign.

On Wednesday, HSE director general Tony O’Brien paid tribute to Dr O’Reilly for her work as head of the cancer control programme.

Meanwhile, the Government has increased the official salary rate for the position of chief executive of hospital groups.

Last November the Government said that the pay for chief executives of hospital groups would be set at €136,282, with no additional payments permitted.

The HSE said yesterday that the new chief executives appointed this week – with the exception of Dr O’Reilly – would receive a salary of €142,000.

The outgoing chief executive of the hospital group in the West and North West, Bill Maher, who is moving to the hospital group in Dublin North East, is expected to continue to receive his existing salary of about €152,000 (HSE national director level II) until the end of the year when his current contract expires.

The six hospital group chief executives announced by the HSE on Wednesday were: Mary Day, Ireland East Hospitals Group; Bill Maher, RCSI Hospitals Group, Dublin North East; Dr Susan O'Reilly, Dublin-Midlands Hospitals Group; Colette Cowan, University of Limerick Hospitals; Gerry O'Dwyer, South/South West Hospitals Group; Maurice Power (acting), West/North West Hospitals Group.

Martin Wall

Martin Wall

Martin Wall is the former Washington Correspondent of The Irish Times. He was previously industry correspondent