Coughlan ranked 'least impressive'
MARY Coughlan has been voted the least impressive "business" minister in this government, according to nearly 56 per cent of the respondents to the Sunday Independent Business Leaders Survey 2010.
The poll was sent out before the reshuffle which saw Coughlan's disastrous term as Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment end, as the department was broken up and she was moved to be Minister of Education and Skills.
Environment Minister John Gormley was considered the least impressive "business" minister by almost 21 per cent of respondents, with Transport Minister Noel Dempsey picking up over 11 per cent of the vote, well ahead of Finance Minister Brian Lenihan (7.2 per cent) and Communications and Natural Resources Minister Eamon Ryan (5.2 per cent).
Much of the disenchantment with politicians and ministers may be fuelled by the pay packets of politicians -- who are on a two-week Easter holiday.
More than 61 per cent of our respondents also feel that our politicians are paid far too much. Despite recent pay cuts in the Oireachtas, the average TD's salary is now €112,000 when various bonus payments, long-term entitlements or extra Oireachtas payments are included.
More than 14 per cent believed that TDs should be paid less than €80,000 per year with 47.4 per cent considering that they should be paid less than €100,000. However, over 38 per cent felt that TDs should be paid over €100,000 per year.