Public Sector

Ian Guider: Why the civil service could do with some outsiders

It simply cannot be the case that the only people capable of performing the civil service roles in question come from within its own ranks

Dr Tony Holohan and Dr Ronan Glynn: the chief medical officer and his deputy are departing the civil service this year. But why is it so rare to see senior executives from the private sector make the move in the opposite direction? Picture: RollingNews

There’s a mini-brain drain of talent from the upper echelons of the public sector this summer. Dr Tony Holohan, the chief medical officer, and Dr Ronan Glynn, the deputy chief medical officer, are departing, the latter to a position with the consulting firm EY to work in its healthcare division. Ed Sibley, the deputy governor of the Central Bank, is also leaving for a gig with EY. No doubt they will both earn more than ...