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Sinn Féin will introduce legislation to cut Ministers salaries by 40% and end culture of perks

11 February, 2011 - by Pat Sheehan


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has described Mícheál Martin’s offer to waive severance pay at this late stage a hollow gesture.

He said the Fianna Fáil leader’s description of public anger at exorbitant Ministerial salaries and perks as a “distraction” shows how out of touch he really is and called on all parties that claim go be serious about political reform to back this legislation in the Dáil.

Mr. Adams said:

“Micheál Martin’s description of public anger at exorbitant Ministerial salaries and perks as a “distraction” shows how out of touch he is. Offering to waive severance pay at this late stage is a hollow gesture. What is required is a complete change of practice, which is mandatory and not voluntary.

“Political reform needs to start with politicians. Sinn Féin would cut Ministers salaries by 40% and TDs salaries by 20%. We would stop the practice of TDs getting extra money to chair committees and stop severance pay for ministers who continue to hold elected office and pensions for ministers who continue to work.

“It is intolerable that such practices still continue when ordinary people are under severe financial pressure as a result of social welfare cuts and the introduction of the Universal Social Charge.

“The Fianna Fáil leader says that Fine Gael and Labour Ministers availed of this scheme as well – that is no excuse. It is just another example of the cosy consensus that exists in Leinster House and how much it needs to be shaken up.

We will bring forward legislation in the new Dáil to cut ministers salaries and end these bad practices. If Fianna Fáil and the other parties are serious about political reform they should back this legislation.” ENDS

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