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Monday 19 March 2018

FF’s Browne paid pension he wasn’t entitled to

A FIANNA Fail Deputy has inadvertently been paid a pension for the past nine months that he was not entitled to.

And today the Dept of Public Expenditure and Reform has had to apologise to the Deputy for the error.

John Browne TD was not entitled to a ministerial pension. It had been paid to him by mistake.

The error was discovered after a Dail question from Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams.

The payment has then stopped and arrangements are being put in place for the money to be recouped.

The pension is worth €10,981 annually and Deputy Browne had €7,396.31.

The Wexford TD was a junior minister at the Department of Agriculture in the last Government. He is currently FF spokesman on Marine and Fisheries.

Gerry Adams today called on Deputy Browne to make a full statement to the Dáil on the circumstances under which he received a ministerial pension.

It was disgraceful, according to SF, that a sitting TD should be paid a pension to which he was not entitled.

Deputy Adams called for a thorough investigation into how the situation arose and how it was possible for it to continue for nine months.

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