RTÉ’s head of HR admits approving €450k exit package for senior executive without board approval

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Eimear Cusack: head of HR at RTÉ said she took ‘full responsibility’ for a letter that said a €450k exit package for a former executive had been signed off on by the executive board at the broadcaster

RTÉ’s head of human resources has admitted she signed off on an arrangement that meant a former senior executive at the broadcaster got a €450,000 exit package without approval from its executive board.

Eimear Cusack was described as “an extremely good at head of HR” by Kevin Bakhurst, RTÉ’s director general, on Wednesday – though he admitted she made a “mistake” by signing off on a controversial redundancy letter.

Members of the RTÉ board appeared ...