Top public servants volunteer for pay cut


OMBUDSMAN EMILY O'Reilly, CIÉ chairman Dr John Lynch and chief executive of the Irish Financial Services Regulatory Authority, Pat Neary, are the latest senior public servants to volunteer for a 10 per cent pay cut.

Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan appealed to public servants in senior positions to consider surrendering a tenth of their salary during his budget speech.

A spokesman for the Ombudsman and Information Commissioner confirmed Ms O'Reilly was taking a reduction in wages her salary of €243,080.

"The Ombudsman has decided to opt for the reduction," the spokesman said.

Dr John Lynch, who last year earned €264,990, chairs the main authority for the provision of public transport within the State.

Dr Lynch's willingness to forgo a tenth of his salary was confirmed by a CIÉ spokesman.

"Of course the executive chairman will be taking the reduction in the current circumstances," the spokesman said.

Mr Neary earned €260,857 in 2007. His spokesman said last night: "The chief executive has volunteered to surrender 10 per cent of his total pay"

Meanwhile, the Financial Services Ombudsman Joe Meade said: "This is a private matter which will be dealt with appropriately."

The Governor of the Central Bank John Hurley and the Comptroller and Auditor General John Buckley have already accepted Mr Lenihan's appeal.

Ministers, Ministers of State and secretaries general of Government departments are acceding to the Minister's request to give up 10 per cent of their salaries.