Our ministers' ongoing hypocrisy
The revelation that three of the cabinet ministers most responsible for the savage spending cuts and tax increases contained in this month's Budget have yet to give up their teachers' pension entitlements demonstrates that many of our political leaders still don't "get it".
At a time when families have seen their after-tax incomes slashed by up to €600 per month, the sight of those inflicting such pain refusing to practice what they preach is very hard to take.
Today's Irish Independent reveals that Finance Minister Michael Noonan, Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin and Social Protection Minister Joan Burton have refused to say if they will give up their right to a pension from their time as teachers before they entered politics.
Given that Taoiseach Enda Kenny made public the fact that he had surrendered his right to a teacher's pension, it seems reasonable to assume that the other ministers would also have done so if they too had given up their teachers' pensions.
Not good enough, ministers.
Given the sacrifices that ordinary taxpayers are being called upon to make in order to restore the Irish state to solvency, the apparent refusal of many ministers, who already qualify for extremely generous TD and ministerial pensions, to lead by example and give up their teacher pensions represents hypocrisy of the highest order.