[Sinn Fein]

9th June 2002

TD calls for public appointments watchdog after FF departing ministers dole out 59 State jobs

Sinn Fein TD for Dublin South West, Sean Crowe, has called for a Public Appointments Commission watchdog after a Sunday newspaper revelation that outgoing Fianna Fáil ministers appointed 59 friends and supporters to State bodies.

Deputy Crowe said:

``These people may all be very able and worthy appointments, but this looks like `jobs for the boys' - personal patronage with influential public positions.

``There is a very real whiff of feudal times with public titles being handed out by departing rulers.

``The Dáil should set up a Public Appointments Commission - which includes the social partners - to oversee recommendations for public service posts such as judges and members of State boards.''

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