Kenny insists he is 'very much' worth €3k a week
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has defended his salary and said that he believes he is "very much" worth his weekly wage of almost €3,500.
The Government leader yesterday defended his annual income of €185,350 at the launch of the Low Pay Commission in the capital.
When Mr Kenny was quizzed about what he thought of his salary and if he believed he was worth that amount, he answered "very much so".
Mr Kenny insisted that there was no room for any further cuts at his department, claiming that they have already "cut everything to the bone".
He added: "Salaries are down 40pc in the case of the Taoiseach's."
When he first came into power in March 2011, his salary dropped from €214,187 to €200,000. His salary was then cut by a further €15,000 in 2013.
A Government spokesman last night said the Taoiseach is not driven by the size of his salary, but a bid to secure economic stability.
"He is driven by a determination to lead a government that secures the recovery," he added.
Government sources told the Irish Independent that "nobody believes for a second that Enda Kenny is driven by anything but public service".
Mr Kenny's French counterpart, President Francois Hollande, is paid a salary of €179,000, while German Chancellor Angela Merkel earns more than €200,000.
John Drennan's Guide to Politics - Spring 2015
The next election will change your life. In a special supplement with the Sunday Independent, John Drennan presents his guide to Irish politics.
Guide To Politics
- And they're off: the great election race begins but, as to where it ends, sadly nobody knows
- The key issues - Remember tax reform is not illegal, Enda
- It's like a talent show - you have to make the audience want you
- Could our interrupted revolution lie in the humanising of our politicians?
- 'It's awful losing your seat, it's a very public humiliation...'
- Too early to rule out FG/SF Coalition
- Shadowy back room boys and girls with the ear of ministers
- Enda and Joan's shaky house of cabinet cards
- Despite Enda's stated preference Easter 2016 not yet definite
- As they hatch their plans, what might be the hopes and ambitions of our party schemers?
- Battle of the leaders to be key deciding factor in election race
- Spectral scenarios or sweet dreams
- When the fuss is over who will be the winner?
The Gender Gap
The Generation Game