Saturday 21 September 2019

TDs close in on €100,000 per year after €1,600 boost to pay packet

 

Leinster House
Leinster House

Anne-Marie Walsh

TDs' wages have jumped to more than €96,000 a year following a pay rise over the weekend.

They are to receive a 1.75pc pay increase that boosts their wages by over €1,600 a year.

And their salaries are set to rise even closer to the €100,000 mark next year.

Another increase due under the Public Service Stability Agreement will take their €96,189 wages up to €98,113 on October 1, 2020.

A senator's salary rose to €68,111 due to the pay rise.

TDs' pay rises under the current wage deal because it is pegged at the same level as principal officers in the Civil Service.

Their pay is now close to where it stood on the brink of the economic crash in 2008 when it was €100,191, although the Taoiseach's was far higher at €285,583.

The Taoiseach and ministers have voluntarily given their pay rises to the State, although their pensions will still be based on their salaries with increases.

Leo Varadkar's pay is €185,350 a year due to the decision to waive increases, but with the rises his gross salary stands at €207,590 and is set to rise to €211,742 next year.

Most of the political parties said it was up to individual members to decide whether to accept the pay rises.

However, People Before Profit TDs will not personally accept the increases.

"In line with our long-standing policy and pre-election commitments, none or our TDs will personally benefit from this pay award but will continue to receive the average industrial wage," a spokesperson said.

A Sinn Féin spokesperson said it was a matter for individual TDs and senators to decide whether to accept the pay rises, but he added they "are already well paid and we don't believe this increase is justified".

A Green Party spokesperson said its TDs will accept the increase and Fianna Fáil said it did not have a party policy on the issue.

A Department of Public Expenditure and Reform spokesperson said it was a matter for individual TDs and senators as to whether to waive the increases.

She confirmed that waiving increases had no impact on the calculation of retirement benefits. "They are based on the full salary rate in the normal way," she said.

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