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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