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Government must publish criteria upon which pay ceiling was breached again – McDonald

19 December, 2011 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD


Sinn Féin's Public Expenditure and Reform Spokesperson Mary Lou McDonald TD has called on her Ministerial counterpart to publish the criteria against which the decision to breach its own pay ceiling for the made once again.

Deputy McDonald was speaking today after the government signed off on a salary for the Deputy Governor of the Central Bank, Swedish economist Professor Stefan Gerlach, which is in breach of the €200,000 pay ceiling.

Deputy McDonald said:

“When it comes to breaking its own pay ceilings this government has form. It talks the talk of pay restraint but certainly does not walk the walk when it comes to the salaries of high rollers in the public sector and of course its own political advisors.

“Excessive pay across the highest echelons of the public sector, including publically funded bodies has not been tackled by Fine Gael and Labour in government; instead they have tinkered around the edges feigning reform.

“Minister Howlin and his cabinet colleague’s continue to add insult to injury with their mantra that these guys get the big bucks simply because they’re worth it. This just doesn’t wash.

“The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform needs to immediately publish the criteria against which the decision to pay a salary of €250,000 to the new Deputy Governor of the Central Bank, Swedish economist Professor Stefan Gerlach, was made.

“Budget 2012 will bring untold hardship to the vulnerable and struggling families across the State. Everyday a government minister trots out the line that we don’t have the money for special needs assistants for our vulnerable kids or to properly care for disabled children.

“Yet these very same ministers have decided that we do have enough money to pay scandalously high salaries for senior civil servants, bankers, senior managers of public bodies and of course unguaranteed speculative bondholders.

“The salaries being awarded by this government are obscene in the context of the economic and social crisis. However, the Government’s refusal to publish the criteria against which high pay is awarded is an absolute scandal.” ENDS

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