Two employees at the Office of Public Works earned in excess of €30,000 last year in overtime as the agency’s annual overtime bill came to €2.7 million.
The employees were among at least twenty that earned at least €14,000 extra on top of their salary over the course of 2020.
A log of the top twenty overtime earners at the OPW last year reveals annual additional payments ranging from €14,535 to €31,356.
The agency’s overtime bill actually decreased last year during the Covid-19 pandemic from €3.3 million in 2019 to €2.73 million last year.
The OPW said overtime was a necessity because many of the sites they operate – including the Phoenix Park and Dublin Castle – operated on a twenty-four-hour, seven day a week basis.