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Sunday 25 February 2018

Packages for retired Greek MPs cut to €2,000 per month

Michael Brennan Deputy Political Editor

THE Greek government has cut the pensions for its retired ministers and other politicians by more than 50pc.

The monthly pension for a retired prime minister has been cut from €4,679 three years ago to €2,561.

For retired MPs, it has gone from €3,866 to €1,976.

The Greek move has raised questions about why the Government here has not taken similar action to reduce the massive pensions paid to former ministers and TDs.

Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern is on a combined ministerial and TD's pension of €150,000 per year – compared to just €30,732 for a retired Greek prime minister.

Former TDs can get a full pension of around €50,000, while a retired Greek MP gets €23,712.

Independent TD Catherine Murphy called on the Government to challenge the former ministers by bringing in legislation to cut their pensions.

Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin brought in a super levy on large public sector pensions two years ago.

But he has received legal advice from Attorney General Maire Whelan that it would be unconstitutional to single out "one category of people" for further 'special treatment'.

He told opposition TDs in the Dail last year: "Deputies can get independent advice if they wish. If they want a constitutional amendment, let us consider that."

Irish Independent

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