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Minister Mary Mitchell O'Connor's €16,288 pay rise a slap in the face for struggling nurses, teachers and guards - Cullinane

16 June, 2017 - by David Cullinane TD


Sinn Féin spokesperson for Public Expenditure and Reform David Cullinane TD said today that Mary Mitchell O'Connor's €16,288 pay rise is a slap in the face for struggling nurses, teachers and guards.

Deputy Cullinane said;

"Minister O'Connor's pay rise comes at a time when public sector workers are being told to ditch any claim for equal pay for equal work.

"We have a crisis in recruitment and retention in our health sector.

"Minister O'Connor's record as Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation leaves a lot to be desire. This shows her appointment to cabinet was an insult to those post-2011 entrants caught in a two-tier pay structure.

"No amount of glad-handling and photocalls - the hallmark of Minister O'connor's tenure in jobs and enterprise -  can justify what is going on here.


"It is abundantly clear that Taoiseach Varadkar has no intention of changing the spots on Fine Gael.

"Public sector workers will continue to be told to tighten their belts so that Fine Gael ministers and their advisers can loosen theirs with pay rises."

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