Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Can the Government ever fire someone?

First we had Michael Kelly in the Department of Health and the Travers report and the issue of the illegal charges on nursing home residents who was one of many senior administrators in the Dept of Health whilst the whole long-term systematic failure to deal with the issue occured. He got 'demoted' (READ Promoted) to the position of Chairman of the High Education Authority.

Now we have 'Doctor' Barry McSweeney Chief Science Advisor in the Department of Enterprise Trade and Employment whose qualification was bogus and bought via the Internet. He has now been 'transferred' (READ Promoted) to the position of Research Co-ordinator within the Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources.

I could list all the failures and mismanagement of both governmental IT and Capital projects and wonder about the people responsible and why haven't they been sacked but seeing as it is only Tax Payer's money (READ Fianna Fail money) that is being wasted. Why bother to fix the system where I'll can get my cousin, his neighbour and the donkey down the road a job and sure don't worry as they'll never have to do any real work and if they ever get in trouble sure we'll just promote them. This whole attitude from the Government drives me mad!


  • For one possible blemish on his CV, we should fire him?

    The guy seems to have a pretty good record. Check out his profile from a UCC awards ceremony.

    I think the source of his degree is questionable. I think the government were idiots to transfer him without clarifying the position of the PhD.

    But if he can do the job effectively does it matter? The EU was happy when he was the Director General of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC).

    One thing I do wonder is whether he stepped on Ed Walshe's toes sometime in the past.

    By Blogger amadán, at 3:37 p.m.  

  • Mike - c'mon he should never have been hired in the first place. If I went for a job saying I had a degree with a company and then they found out I didn't isn't that taking a job under false pretenses and really anyone who gives for a credit card number for a PhD is really pulling the piss and if he didn't realise it - well he really shouldn't have been in the job as he really must have been an idiot.

    I think it is an insult to every person taking post graduate courses in this country and I'll treat it as a personal slap in the face by the government saying Ohhh we care about research .... but well really we don't value your efforts to get a PhD as we don't think its worth anything. Hell, Bertie said for ages he was something other than a half trained accounting technican on his CV.

    By Blogger Eoin Brazil, at 3:49 p.m.  

  • stepped on Ed Walsh's toes?? Why? Because Prof. Walsh had the guts to come out and say hey listen, this is not ok - his position was the head of science (basically) in ireland and his PhD was not earned through research nor was it from an accredited institution. Ed Walsh was right to say it wasn't ok

    McSweeney should have resigned and when he didnt the government didnt have a choice in the matter - they'd couldn't fire him really seeing as how they had hired him on a completely genuine CV where his PhD 'institution' was listed., They should vetted the CV the same as any of us do when hiring for academic jobs and certainly for jobs at 102k per annum

    By Blogger F, at 4:35 p.m.  

  • Ok, I accept now that it is more than a blemish as I was trying to give him the benefit of doubt.

    This situation appears similar to that of Judge Curtin. The two are legally innocent of any wrong doing and deny such wrong doing but have Everest sized question marks over their integrity. For different reasons it is very difficult to remove (fire) them from their job.

    As for Prof. Walsh, I just think he is headline hunting again. I doubt very much that he did not know where Mr McSweeney's PhD was from. McSweeney has being around for a while.

    The question I have is why is this issue only emerging now? Surely journalists did some sort of background checks before writing about him. Learned people must have asked him where he studied?

    Unrelatedly (i think), it appears that GM-Ireland considered McSweeney a GM lobbiest. So maybe its not a bad thing!

    By Blogger amadán, at 2:56 p.m.  

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