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Top earner HSE chief Paul Reid earned more than €426,000 last year

Mr Reid's basic pay of €358,651 means his salary is higher than that of Taoiseach Micheál Martin, who earns a €211,742 pensionable salary

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CEO of the HSE, Paul Reid

CEO of the HSE, Paul Reid

CEO of the HSE, Paul Reid

HSE chief Paul Reid's remuneration package topped €426,000 last year, including €358,651 in salary.

Mr Reid, who began a five-year contract in May 2019, received €48,416 allowances on top of his salary.

He has a benefit in kind of €19,141 to cover his company car, according to the HSE's annual report.

He is not a member of the HSE's pension scheme and does not receive employer pension contributions. As a result, he receives an equivalent pension allowance.

Mr Reid's basic pay of €358,651 means his salary is higher than that of Taoiseach Micheál Martin, who earns a €211,742 pensionable salary.

Chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan earns more than €187,000 a year while deputy chief medical officer Ronan Glynn would be on a salary scale between €104,000 and €126,000.

The report shows that the chairman of the HSE, Ciarán Devane, who lives in the UK where he is Director of the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, received a salary of €80,000 and €2,162 in expenses.

Other board members, excluding deputy chairwoman Deirdre Madden, receive €14,963 annually.

The annual report revealed that in late 2020, HSE management was alerted to payroll irregularities within one of its own hospitals.

The relevant hospital group conducted an initial investigation which found that certain payroll payments had been made that were fraudulent, resulting in the suspension of the hospital's payroll officer and the start of a HR disciplinary process.

In accordance with HSE policy, the matter was referred to An Garda Síochána in November 2020.

Separately, the report shows the number of people employed by the HSE whose income exceeded €410,000 last year nearly doubled compared with 2019.

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