Appleby’s bid to boost his pension entitlement

Director of Corporate Enforcement Paul Appleby attempted to boost his State pension by requesting that it take into account a period he worked in Ryanair in the late 1980s.

The man leading the Anglo investigation announced his intention to retire last month but later agreed to stay on for a further six months until a replacement is found.

The Government agreed to allow him avail of the conditions for public servants who retired by February, which entitles him to €73,000 a year pension and €225,000 lump sum.

Details of the arrangement for him to stay on show he technically chose to resign from the position 24 hours before retiring because this would entitle him to a better pension arrangement.

Mr Appleby, 58, was then re-appointed as a “acting” Director of Corporate Enforcement by Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin.

Confusion arose because his contract said he was employed to the role on a “no-established basis” — a civil service grade that would not have allowed him to retire before reaching 65.

For this reason, he advised Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton that he would resign as Director of Corporate Enforcement and return to the position of principal officer in the department before retiring the next day.

Correspondence obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show his contract was reviewed as a matter of urgency by senior officials and it was agreed “he should be taken to have established status” according to correspondence between both departments on Feb 1.

Later that evening, the secretary general’s office in the Department of Enterprise wrote to the pension divisions: “Paul Appleby is asking if he can get credit for pension purposes for a period of seven months which he spent working in Ryanair in the late 1980s.

“Paul was working on aviation issues in the Department of Transport and he then spent seven months working in Ryanair for career development purposes,” it said.

The idea was immediately shot down by the pensions section which replied: “I do not see grounds for granting pension on the basis of services with Ryanair.”

Mr Appleby’s CV shows he worked for the airline from March to October that year as a strategic development manager.

“I was responsible for identifying and securing for the company approval of a number of new routes, eg, Dublin/Liverpool and Dublin/Munich,” it reads.


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