Thursday 18 December 2014

Alan Shatter to donate €70k severance to Jack and Jill foundation

Published 22/05/2014 | 14:41

FORMER Justice Minister Alan Shatter is donating his €70,000 golden handshake to the Jack and Jill Foundation.

He dismissed rumours he would resign as a TD saying: “I’m going nowhere”.

Mr Shatter held a press conference outside Leinster House to end speculation surrounding the severance package he was entitled to on resign as a Minister three weeks ago.

He was entitled to the lump sum because legislation banning the payments had not been enacted before he resigned.

Mr Shatter said he want to mark the fact he would be the last minister receiving the payment by accepting the money and giving it to charity.

He said the money would be more valuable to the Jack and Jill Foundation because it would not have to pay as much tax on the lump sum as he would if he kept it.

He said he did not feel pressured by the Taoiseach Enda Kenny or any of his former Cabinet colleagues into addressing the payment.

Jack and Jill Foundation boss Jonathon Erwin said the donation was the biggest philanthropic donation the charity received this year.

Mr Erwin was accompanied at the press conference by his wife Senator Mary Ann O’Brien.

Mr Shatter, who was forced from office over his handling of garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe’s allegations, said he was doing “extraordinarily well” since resigning.

In a statement this afternoon, Jonathan Irwin the CEO of the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation welcomed the donation.

“On behalf of the 300 precious children with life limiting or life threatening conditions under our wing, we want to thank Alan Shatter for this donation of €70,000 which equates to approximately €50,000 after tax and will fund 3,125 hours of home nursing care to children in every community in Ireland.

“As an Irish children’s charity, we’ve got to raise €2.7 million every year and, with less than 20% coming in State aid, this donation couldn’t come at a better time for Jack & Jill."

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