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Labour talks tough on reform but fails to lead by example

19 February, 2011 - by Pat Sheehan

SINN FÉIN President Gerry Adams has described a statement by Labour leader Eamon Gilmore that in government he has no plans to cut TDs’ salaries as “unbelievable” when TDs have more security than most and are better paid than most.

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said:

“This is an amazing admission from the leader of the Labour Party which claims the mantle of James Connolly. It seems that Eamon Gilmore wants other people to lead by example but not Fine Gael/Labour TDs.

“Labour talks tough about political reform but fails to lead when it comes to their own TDs' pay. They expect families to live on less than €200 a week but aren’t prepared to lead by example and take a cut themselves.

“TDs have more security than most, are better paid than most and they should lead by example.

“Sinn Féin says TDs’ salaries should be cut by 20% Ministers’ by 40% and top civil servants’ salaries should be capped at €100,000.”


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