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Published 28/04/2015 | 02:30

TD Catherine Murphy
TD Catherine Murphy

The assertion by Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin that ministers, TDs and senators are entitled to pay hikes along with public sector workers is astonishing (Irish Independent, April 27).

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This year, our budget deficit is estimated to come in around 2.7pc of GDP - that means we spend approximately €5bn more than we collect in taxes.

This means that any pay increases would have to be met with increased borrowings, therefore adding to our national debt - or perhaps Mr Howlin envisages a scenario where private sector workers pay more taxes to offset pay rises for elected representatives and public sector workers?

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