Fianna Fail TDs revolt over pay-cut exemption
FIANNA Fail backbenchers have revolted against the decision to allow senior civil servants to escape the full brunt of the public-sector pay cuts.
At a meeting of the parliamentary party last night, one female TD even said the decision had been announced when Finance Minister Brian Lenihan "was in his sick bed".
Brian Cowen, who was in Belfast, was represented at last night's meeting by Tanaiste Mary Coughlan.
The Department of Finance has previously confirmed that the public-sector pay cuts will be reduced for around 600 senior civil servants because it is taking their previous payments of up to €17,000 from an axed bonus scheme into account.
Fianna Fail TDs said the bonuses should never have been paid in the first place. One said that if a motion was put forward at next week's meeting to reverse the exemption, it would be passed unanimously.
There were also complaints about the impact of the carbon tax in the Budget on fuel prices for farmers and road hauliers.