A row between Dublin Airport Authority chief executive Declan Collier and transport minister Leo Varadkar over the acceptance of a bonus underlines just how legally powerless the government can be on moderating pay levels at commercial state companies.
Varadkar made clear his dissatisfaction at the decision but with a raft of remuneration committees now commencing the process of adjudicating awards for the 2010 annual accounts, moral pressure alone may not be enough to change practices.
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