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Staff at Limerick IT being paid €72,000 to ‘do nothing’

“That’s absolutely crackers isn’t it? I mean it’s just bananas.”

THE PUBLIC ACCOUNTS committee has heard that some staff at Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) are earning salaries of up to €72,000, but they have no work to do.

The news emerged while PAC was discussing the financial accounts of a number of third-level institutions.

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The Comptroller and Auditor General Seamus McCarthy told committee members staff who earn a combined total of €216,000 a year technically have nothing to do. The employees were transferred to LIT after it merged with a rural business college in Co Tipperary in 2011.

McCarthy said these people are above “an approved level of staffing”, adding: “In this case, they actually have no work.”

To which independent TD Shane Ross asked: “They’re doing nothing?”

McCarthy then said:

Well they’re obviously doing something but they have have no formal assignment in the institute.

Fine Gael TD Patrick O’Donovan probed further, asking: “So people have had no jobs since 2011 at 72,000 a year and no one has done anything about it?”

Screenshot 2015-09-24 at 2.02.51 PM Shane Ross

Before Ross added: “That’s absolutely crackers isn’t it? I mean it’s just bananas.”

“It does happen where organisations are amalgamated that people become surplus to requirements,” McCarthy stated.

Read: Taxpayers could end up footing €4.1m bill for student grant overpayment

Read: €96m could have been overspent in dole payments

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