Revealed: €10m pay bonanza for the top university earners

Ireland“The top 50 earners in Ireland’s cash-strapped universities are sharing a massive €10m pay bonanza, the Irish Independent has learned. They received an average of €200,000 in pay, expenses and other benefits last year, new figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act and other sources reveal. The figures provide the first comprehensive outline of the lavish pay packages available to an elite group of earners across the university system. The massive sums are set to spark controversy at a time when hundreds of college jobs face the chop and the Government is attempting to reintroduce third-level fees. The top earner last year was UCD vice president for research, Professor Des Fitzgerald. His overall pay package is potentially worth up to €495,000-a-year – 15 times the average industrial wage …” (more)

[Shane Phelan, Independent, 19 March]

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