Monday 26 September 2016

IFA General Secretary gets paid more than these five world leaders

Published 19/11/2015 | 18:44

IFA General Secretary Pat Smith (left) pictured with IFA President Eddie Downey. Photo: Finbarr O'Rourke
IFA General Secretary Pat Smith (left) pictured with IFA President Eddie Downey. Photo: Finbarr O'Rourke

Earlier this week, it was claimed that IFA General Secretary Pat Smith earned more than €400,000 in 2013.

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This evening, Mr Smith stood down from his position within the IFA as calls were made for more transparency regarding the salaries of top executives within the organisation.

The IFA have refused to confirm the salary package of Mr Smith after long-standing and former IFA deputy president Derek Deane claimed before the council that Mr Smith was earning in excess of €400,000 including pension contributions and provision for a car.

Mr Deane said a figure of close to €300,000, plus a pension contribution and car was “being widely mentioned for 2014” for an organisation with a budget of €12m.

If Pat Smith's salary is correct, he out earns a lot of people including the Taoiseach, prime ministers and a US President.

1 Taoiseach Enda Kenny earns €185,000

2 US President Barack Obama earns €356,143

3 French Prime Minister Francois Hollande earns €179,000

4 German Chancellor Angela Merkel earns €200,000 plus

5. Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi €116,139

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