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FF’s Browne paid pension he wasn’t entitled to

Published 14/11/2011 | 16:48

A FIANNA Fail Deputy has inadvertently been paid a pension for the past nine months that he was not entitled to.

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And today the Dept of Public Expenditure and Reform has had to apologise to the Deputy for the error.

John Browne TD was not entitled to a ministerial pension. It had been paid to him by mistake.

The error was discovered after a Dail question from Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams.

The payment has then stopped and arrangements are being put in place for the money to be recouped.

The pension is worth €10,981 annually and Deputy Browne had €7,396.31.

The Wexford TD was a junior minister at the Department of Agriculture in the last Government. He is currently FF spokesman on Marine and Fisheries.

Gerry Adams today called on Deputy Browne to make a full statement to the Dáil on the circumstances under which he received a ministerial pension.

It was disgraceful, according to SF, that a sitting TD should be paid a pension to which he was not entitled.

Deputy Adams called for a thorough investigation into how the situation arose and how it was possible for it to continue for nine months.

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