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Crowe calls for cap on third level salaries

1 July, 2011 - by Seán Crowe TD

Sinn Féin’s Education Spokesperson, Deputy Seán Crowe, has called for a review of the excessive salaries earned by of those working in Irish third level institutions.

He continued: “The figures recently obtained under the Freedom of Information Act revealed that Ireland’s seven universities and the Dublin Institute of Technology have more than 1,000 lecturers who earn six-figure sums.

“Some of these excessive salaries are being paid to a small minority of senior academics and are accompanied by lucrative perks and additional expenses. This results in significant costs to the taxpayer and must be reviewed by the Government who have been very quick to cap key services such as Special Needs Assistants (SNA’s) and cut traveller support teachers.

“The rate of actual pay, expenses and bonuses being paid to some senior personnel of third level institutions cannot be maintained in the current economic climate.

“I also understand that a number of people who are earning huge salaries are involved in management positions rather than lecturing and there must be a rigorous examination of these positions and a value for money audit has to be part of any review.

“The Minister has clear choices to make – he can cut services to vulnerable children or he can cut some of the more well-endowed salaries of people who are managing pretty well financially, despite the economic downturn.

“At the very least,” Deputy Crowe concluded, “anyone earning high salaries and benefiting from expenses should be independently assessed and evaluated and some of the excessive wages currently being paid must be brought into line with other countries.” ENDS

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