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Coillte boss must reduce salary in line with commercial semi state counterparts – McDonald

28 November, 2011 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD


Sinn Féin public expenditure and reform spokesperson Mary Lou McDonald TD has today written to Coillte boss David Gunning calling on him to immediately reduce his salary in line with his commercial semi state counterparts.

Deputy McDonald said:

“Families across the state are facing unprecedented hardship and financial uncertainty and it is in this context that commercial semi-state chiefs were asked to take a meagre 15% voluntary pay cut.

“David Gunning’s on-going refusal to accept a 15% pay cut has been a bad call on his part and I’ve written to the Coillte chief today demanding that he show leadership at this time of crisis.

“Sinn Féin in its Budget 2012 proposals has called on all public sector salaries, including commercial semi state Chiefs, to be capped and we also want to see the introduction of a third tax band of 48% on incomes over €100,000 per year.

“If the government believes it cannot enforce pay cuts on current commercial semi state chiefs then it needs to impose emergency taxation measures to claim back the cash.”

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