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Kenny reverses his 5pc pay cut

ENDA KENNY has welched on his much-heralded 5pc pay cut he volunteered more than a year ago.

Hot on the heels of an often embarrassing Late Late Show appearance, the bunglesome Fine Gael leader has taken back his pay cut.

After making a big deal out of announcing his pay reduction, the Mayo man has quietly started accepting the money again -- as have nine Fine Gael parliamentary party members.

The move follows last December's Budget, which saw TDs' salaries drop by around 7.5pc to €92,671.

But Mr Kenny has decided that the across-the-board cut should overwrite his voluntary one, and has subtly notified the Oireachtas Commission that he wants his pay restored to that of other TDs.

The move is likely to prove something of an own goal with voters, especially as Kenny shocked even his own party members 15 months ago.



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Despite sitting beside the FG leader at a press briefing, his colleagues Richard Bruton and Kieran O'Donnell were clueless about his impromptu announcement, which virtually forced them to do the same.

Both Mr Bruton and Mr O'Donnell have now also decided to start accepting their full salary again.

The seven other TDs to also reverse their pay cuts are Simon Coveney, Michael D'Arcy, Leo Varadkar, Jimmy Deenihan, Denis Naughten, Deirdre Clune and Joe Carey.

kdoyle@herald.ie


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