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Capping pay at €250,000 does not go far enough – McDonald

22 June, 2011 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin’s Public Expenditure and Reform Spokesperson Mary Lou McDonald TD has this afternoon called on Minister Howlin to go further in his commitment to reduce the hefty salaries of the State’s top paid public servants and semi-state Chiefs.

Deputy McDonald said:

“Sinn Féin is committed to once and for all tackling high pay across the upper echelons of the public sector. Just this week Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD published a Bill to dramatically cut payment and salaries to politicians which would see reductions of up to 30%. This is the depth of cuts to top level pay that is required across the public sector and semi states.

“Minister Howlin has described a salary cap of €250,000 as an act of solidarity and fairness; I would call it a gift in the hand. These kinds of statements from Government are yet another example of just how detached Ministers are from the stark economic reality for ordinary people.

“If this Government is truly committed to a reform agenda then they need to quite literally put their money where their mouth is and lead by example. It is hard to rationalise any Government Minister paying himself or any of his senior public servants over five times the average wage during an economic crisis.

“Minister Howlin also needs to outline in detail the full remuneration package being offered to senior public servants and semi-state Chiefs as it is often the case that a basic annual salary can be significantly boosted with all sorts of perks.” ENDS

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