The country’s leading broadcaster RTE has once again come in for strong criticism today after it was revealed that over 200 top ranking bosses received pay increases last year.
The latest round of money squandering at the company has drawn criticism from many TDs in the Dail after the information was released under the Freedom of Information Act at the request of Labour TD Kevin Humphreys.
According to the latest report it is understood that over 200 senior managers recieved an annual top up of €1,000 each in performance-related pay bonuses, despite the company calling for over 300 job cuts.
However the state ran media empire have refused to respond to the report and will not issue a full transcript of its spending of the past year.
The latest scandal to hit the company comes after chiefs announced earlier this year that they fully expect to announce in the region of 300 job loses along with plans to increase the annual TV licence fee.
Mr Humphreys who was speaking before the Oireachtas today said the company need to be more transparent with its dealings as they have become somewhat contradictory.
Mr Humphreys said:”They tried to close last year the production of children’s television.”
“They’re looking for an increase in licence fee, they’re looking for millions to be ring-fenced for a drama fund – at the same time they’re paying performance-related bonuses to their managers and are refusing to give out the level of those performance-related bonuses.
“So I think there’s an onus on politicians to ensure the taxpayer’s money is being spent in the best manner.”