Former ministers got €720k last year
FORMER Fianna Fail-Green Party government ministers were still entitled to "severance payments" last year, when almost €720,000 was claimed.
The payments, revealed in Department of Public Expenditure figures, were on top of the €1.1m in severance paid to former ministers and junior ministers in 2011.
Former Cabinet members are entitled to 75pc of their ministerial salaries for six months and further reduced monthly payments for a year after that.
Since 2011, John Gormley, the former Green Party leader and Environment Minister, has received severance of more than €126,000 – the highest paid to an individual.
Other highly paid public figures include former Attorney General Paul Gallagher (€106,000), current Green Party leader Eamon Ryan (€86,000) and Fianna Fail ex-ministers Dick Roche and Batt O'Keeffe who received €83,000 and €81,000 respectively.
Former Tanaiste Mary Coughlan received more than €69,000 over the two years, while fellow Fianna Fail member Mary Hanafin was paid €51,000 in 2011.
Roisin Shortall, the former Labour junior minister at the Department of Health, is one of only four ex-office holders to decline the payment.
The others were Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin and TDs Brendan Smith and Eamon O'Cuiv. Payments to the four would have totalled more than €250,000 had they not refused.