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Bruton's stand

• John Bruton has refused to return any of his Irish pension unless he is made to by a change in law, as reported in your paper.

However, it's not just his Irish pension that is beyond disgusting -- it's that, in addition to the €148,000 the Irish taxpayer provides, he also receives an EU pension.

Let's not forget any payment he may receive for his role at the IFSC, plus the income from speaking engagements, board appointments, and what he gets for positions such as being a Visiting Fellow of the European Institute at the London School of Economics.

Not bad for someone who became Taoiseach by accident and has been entitled to pensions in some form since the day he first left cabinet, which was in 1981.

But his comments do serve to highlight the abject failure of Mr Kenny's government to take proper action to lessen the burden Mr Bruton, and others like him, unfairly place on taxpayers in the context of our current problems.

Mr Bruton can argue all he wants about his 'service' but when choices have to be made about whether to borrow money to pay his pension or to pay for a special needs assistant, then people like Mr Bruton should be told they'll have to do without.

Desmond FitzGerald
Canary Wharf, London

Irish Independent