Friday 23 March 2018

Ronald Quinlan: No austerity for Taoiseach when it comes to staff

A number of ministers have flouted the Government's own pay cap for a quarter of their advisers, writes Ronald Quinlan

DO as we say, not as we do. That's the message from the Government when it comes to the matter of ministers and their special advisers and the hefty sums they insist on paying them.

For while the rest of us groan under the weight of the austerity being imposed on Ireland by our European partners, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and his Cabinet insist on rubbing salt in the nation's gaping economic wounds, splashing out a jaw-dropping €3,387,879 on 36 highly paid special advisers.

In the case of nine of these individuals, Mr Kenny's ministers are compounding the taxpayers' injury by flouting the Government's own pay cap of €92,672 to reward them.

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