Friday 15 December 2017

Kenny insists he is 'very much' worth €3k a week

Taoiseach Enda Kenny insists he is worth his 3,500 euro a week salary
Taoiseach Enda Kenny insists he is worth his 3,500 euro a week salary
Emma Jane Hade

Emma Jane Hade

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has defended his salary and said that he believes he is "very much" worth his weekly wage of almost €3,500.

The Government leader yesterday defended his annual income of €185,350 at the launch of the Low Pay Commission in the capital.

When Mr Kenny was quizzed about what he thought of his salary and if he believed he was worth that amount, he answered "very much so".

Mr Kenny insisted that there was no room for any further cuts at his department, claiming that they have already "cut everything to the bone".

He added: "Salaries are down 40pc in the case of the Taoiseach's."

When he first came into power in March 2011, his salary dropped from €214,187 to €200,000. His salary was then cut by a further €15,000 in 2013.

A Government spokesman last night said the Taoiseach is not driven by the size of his salary, but a bid to secure economic stability.

"He is driven by a determination to lead a government that secures the recovery," he added.

Government sources told the Irish Independent that "nobody believes for a second that Enda Kenny is driven by anything but public service".

Mr Kenny's French counterpart, President Francois Hollande, is paid a salary of €179,000, while German Chancellor Angela Merkel earns more than €200,000.

 

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