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Tony Holohan Row: Other universities confirm that they are the ones paying for postings

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The paymaster system for seconded civil servants and civil servants remains unclear – with questions about the structure after the planned transfer of chief physician Dr Tony Holohan to Trinity College Dublin.

The Department of Health pledged to fund his professorship at Trinity College with a package of €2 million a year until his retirement, including his annual salary of €187,000.

But it seems that the organization to which the civil servant or civil servant is seconded should normally pay his salary for the duration of his transfer, and not his parent employer.

This is the current practice of University College Dublin (UCD) and the University of Limerick (UL).

Two other universities did not provide any specific information when asked.

When asked what system is in place in UCD, a spokesman told dem Irish Independent: “We have no seconded officials.

“We have four MPs from across the civil service, each with their salaries paid by the university.”

Meanwhile, a spokesman for UL said the university has “both staff seconded from the institution and staff seconded to UL from other government organizations.”

They added: “The organization at which the individual employee works funds the salary.” They added that no further details are available at this time.

A spokesman for NUI Galway responded by saying: “We have several secondment agreements with other public sector organisations, both external and internal, which are in place for set periods of time.

“Delegations of this nature are typical of the entire sector and are of significant benefit to our teaching, learning and research. Due to employee confidentiality, we are unable to discuss the personal information of data subjects.”

When asked what arrangements were made at Maynooth University, a spokesperson said: “There are various secondments, career breaks and other arrangements with government and industry partners that have been made by the universities.

“We do not share the specific or personal details associated with these agreements.”

The issue of posting policy is expected to form part of the external review, to be carried out by an expert appointed by Health Secretary Stephen Donnelly this week.

It will deal with the process and decision making surrounding the appointment and permanent secondment of Dr. Holohan as a professor of public health strategy and leadership.

dr Holohan will not be taking on the role following the controversy and the decision to pause it pending an informational note from the department’s Secretary General Robert Watts.

In his briefing note, published last week, Mr Watt said: “Detachments are a common trait in public and civil service.

“The posting policy for the public service regulates how postings are to be handled within the public service itself, but there is also a long-standing posting practice between the department and in particular various public service bodies where special expertise is required.

“As of April 6, Department 12 has had its own staff seconded to other government departments or bodies under the aegis of government departments, including staff seconded to An Taoiseach Department and the Foreign Office, based in Northern Ireland and Brussels.

“The duration of these secondments to other organizations generally varies between one year and five years, but some may be extended depending on the agreement made at the time the secondment begins, and some would be indefinite.”

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