Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Thursday, 14 October 2021

Public Accounts Committee

2020 Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General and Appropriation Accounts
Vote 29 - Environment, Climate and Communications
Chapter 9 - Remediation of Landfill Sites

9:30 am

Mr. Mark Griffin:

I will take the question on the director first. I looked back at the transcript of our meeting on 22 January and, from memory, we indicated at that stage that we expected to be in a position to appoint a director. An offer was made, but it was not accepted for a number of reasons which I will not get into. We have gone back out to the market at a higher salary level. It was approved by the Government that the incoming director would be appointed at deputy secretary level in the Civil Service, which is €184,000. We have gone back out, using the Public Appointments Service, to conduct that recruitment exercise. The closing date for applications is today.

The Public Appointments Service has also appointed an executive service company to assist in the recruitment process and to look internationally at using its own contacts to see-----