Tuesday 25 October 2016

Cabinet agrees ministers will NOT take €4k pay increase

Published 18/10/2016 | 12:57

Taoiseach Enda Kenny Picture: Justin Farrelly
Taoiseach Enda Kenny Picture: Justin Farrelly

Ministers have agreed that they will not accept a pay increase worth almost €4,000 next year.

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Sources told Independent.ie this afternoon that the decision was “unanimous”.

Controversy has raged about the pay hike since it emerged ministers are entitled to pay restoration worth €11,735 between next April and  April 2019.

The row erupted as Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil rowed over when €5 increases to social payments including the old-age pension would kick-in. A Budget Day compromise will now start from March. 

Ministers and TDs are entitled to the pay increase in line with all other civil and public servants covered by the Lansdowne Road Agreement.

Under the deal Taoiseach Enda Kenny is entitled to three pay rises in the coming year worth €14,650.

Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe is expected to make a statement confirming the Cabinet’s decision later today, during which he is also likely to face questions about the looming garda and teacher strikes.

Despite the decision by ministers today, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil will not instruct their TDs to forego a €2,700 pay rise which is also due in April.

It will be left up to individual TDs to decide whether to take the money or not.

Already Fine Gael backbencher Noel Rock and Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice have said they will not take the money.

The Independent Alliance TD Mr McGrath - who is junior minister for disabilities but sits at Cabinet - also spoke yesterday.

He said: "We have just come out of a major eight years of austerity and an economic crash and I think these are exceptional times and I think TDs and ministers should take their hit and stop whingeing."

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