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A long way from the classroom

ENDA Kenny stopped being a teacher in 1974 when he was elected as a TD. He had been a teacher for just four-and-a-half years. He continued to retain his post and was paying into his pension pot. He was replaced by a substitute teacher, until he resigned the position some time after becoming Fine Gael leader. Mr Kenny continued to move up the teacher pay scale, despite his absence from school, chalking up a pension worth €30,000 a year. He would be entitled to a €100,000 lump-sum retirement fund once he hits 60. Mr Kenny has now forfeited all of his pension entitlement.

Irish Independent