Eamon Gilmore (centre) with daughter Grainne (left) and wife Carol Hanney
Former Labour Party leader Eamon Gilmore’s wife has been appointed to a major education post with a salary of up to €136,000. Carol Hanney is to take over as CEO of the City of Dublin Education Board (CDETB), just as Mr Gilmore becomes eligible to start drawing from a €2m pension pot on the back of his political career.
The current CEO Jacinta Stewart is retiring at the end of the month – and Ms Hanney has been offered the position without it being advertised externally. The move has led to criticism from one member of the board which rubber-stamped the appointment, who says he was “furious”.
Asked about Ms Hanney’s promotion to CEO, which takes effect on March 1, the Department of Education said it is the result of an agreement reached with the relevant trade union when 33 former VECs were merged into 16 ETBs.