Speaking this evening at a local election convention in Tallaght the Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said;
“Hardworking families are shocked today at news headlines showing that the head of a charity in this state is being paid more than the Taoiseach.
“The recent scandals at Rehab and the CRC have highlighted that a toxic political culture in this state was not confined to the banks.
“Some of the people involved in public bodies supported by the state even reject the notion that the Oireachtas has any right to enquire as to how the public money they receive is being spent.
“They need to wake up. The many perks enjoyed by a range of insiders in Irish public life over many years are a result of the old way of doing politics here.
“The people have rejected that type of politics but the present Government is not showing any leadership.
“In 2011 Fine Gael and the Labour Party promised that the old way of doing politics was over, that they would govern differently than Fianna Fáil. Labour in particular said it would not cut child benefit, social welfare or supports for those citizens with disabilities.
“But it has done of all of these things and more.”