Longford County Manager gets two months holidays

Longford County Manager Tim Caffrey is entitled to over eight weeks holidays a year, the most of any local authority manager in the country, a new report has found.

Longford County Manager Tim Caffrey is entitled to over eight weeks holidays a year, the most of any local authority manager in the country, a new report has found.

Details contained in yesterday’s (Tuesday) Irish Independent show Mr Caffrey enjoys 42 days of annual leave a year, some three weeks more than most private sector workers. This consist of 38 days’ annual leave and four extra days at Christmas and Easter.

This leave is more than a week longer than many of the government’s most senior civil servants, throwing further spotlight on the practicalities behind public sector reform contained in the controversial Croke Park deal.The information was revealed yesterday, Tuesday, as part of an Irish Independent investigation into holidays allocated to senior staff at County Councils. The report shows that annual leave for city and county managers as well as senior executives ranges from 32 to 42 days a year.

Leitrim and Westmeath County Councils also figured highly in the 15 local authorities who responded to the survey with Westmeath County Council officials securing a total of 38 annual leave and privilege days compared to Leitrim’s 37.

In a statment issued to the Leader yesterday, Tuesday, Mr Caffrey said: “Annual Leave entitlements for Local Authority employees are broadly similar across the sector. It is proposed in the Longford Local Authorities Action Plan under the Public Service Agreement 2010 – 2014 to reduce and standardise annual leave across the Sector, and I welcome this proposal.”