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ESB bonus is shocking

ESB employees were apparently surprised when they learned the news that they will get an extra bonus this year. Not half as surprised as the rest of us, struggling to pay ESB and other bills in the face of pay cuts and job losses.

ESB chief Padraig McManus earned €750,000 last year and the perk for ESB workers is in addition to their 55pc cut in electricity bills.

This latest bonus is disturbing at a time when most other employees are seeing pay and bonuses frozen and are struggling just to get by.