AT least 14 of the country's top charity bosses are earning salaries of over €100,000.
The figures emerged from a financial survey of 40 of the country's leading charities by the Irish Independent.
With donations falling and services being cut due to funding constraints, executive salaries remain under the microscope.
The highest-paid executive from the charitable organisations examined by the Irish Independent was Rehab Group's Angela Kerins, whose most recent disclosed salary was €234,000, funded from commercial earnings rather than public funds.
But our survey found that in the majority of cases, Irish charity bosses have fared poorly in the pay stakes compared to their counterparts in the UK, many of whom have suffered criticism in recent months over pay hikes. In contrast, only four of the charity bosses surveyed got salary hikes in Ireland and for the most part pay packages either remained static or have fallen in recent years.
Staff in most organisations have also suffered pay cuts, reduced conditions or changes to their pensions.
The largest cut came for Concern boss Dominic McSorley, whose €99,000 is €33,000 less than the figure earned by previous CEO Tom Arnold in 2012.
Cope Foundation chief executive Colette Kelleher took a pay cut of €8,400 this year, bringing her salary down from €130,000 to €121,600.
Several charities said they had cut staff pay in recent years.
These included Age Action (5pc across the board), Barrettstown (3-5pc), Bothar (10pc), Concern (5-10pc), the Cope Foundation and Enable Ireland (cuts linked to public sector), Inclusion Ireland (5-10pc), Irish Guidedogs for the Blind (5pc), the ISPCC (5pc), the Marie Keating Foundation (5-10pc), National Council for the Blind (7pc), Oxfam (up to 10pc) and Trocaire (up to 10pc).
Several other charities have put pay freezes in place.
Bucking the pay trend was Ray Jordan of Self Help Africa, whose salary jumped from €99,220 in 2012 to €112,750 this year. A spokesman said Mr Jordan had taken a voluntary pay cut of 12pc in 2009. The charity's board decided this year to reverse the pay cut and bring its CEO's salary up to its level when he first joined in 2007.
Three other charity bosses also had modest rises.
Alcohol Action's chief executive Suzanne Costello entered the job this year on €80,000, which was €1,000 more than previous chief Fiona Ryan.
Christian Aid's recently appointed new chief executive Rosamund Bennett came in on a salary of Stg£53,177 (€63,000), an increase on the Stg£52,134 (€61,760) earned by the previous CEO Margaret Boden in 2012.
And Jane-Ann McKenna's salary at Medecins Sans Frontieres jumped from €59,000 in 2012 to €62,105 this year.