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Sinn Féin exposes extent of former Ministers' pensions

9 November, 2011 - by Pearse Doherty TD, Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President, Gerry Adams TD, today (Wednesday) received an answer to a parliamentary question, which detailed the amount of pensions paid to former ministers.

The response confirmed that 109 ex-ministers are in receipt of pensions, amounting to an €8.8 million payroll every year at taxpayers’ expense.

Thirty of them have pensions over €100,000 a year, including former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern on €152,000, corrupt former minister Ray Burke on €103,000 and former Labour leader, Dick Spring on €121,000.

Sinn Féin finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty said:

“The fact that this level of payments is being paid to former ministers when we are facing into one of the harshest budgets in history is a scandal. Many of the people on this list are the architects of our economic downfall and of the hardships being faced by hundreds of thousands of Irish people today.

“Sinn Féin would suspend full pension payments for former ministers who have not reached pensionable age. We would ensure that former ministers who are employed by the state or by an EU institution would no be eligible to claim both their pension and their salary.

“And we would reduce their pensions in line with our proposals as published in our bill earlier this year.” ENDS

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