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Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform must revoke Ministerial allowances

15 February, 2012 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Speaking ahead of today’s meeting of the Joint Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform Sinn Féin Public Expenditure and Reform Spokesperson Mary Lou McDonald TD has described the Government’s legislative provision to award Junior Minister Jan O’Sullivan an extra €17,205 as an outrage.

Deputy McDonald has called on the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform to revoke all Ministerial allowances.

Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform Committee member Mary Lou McDonald TD said:

“It is morally wrong for Government Ministers to be awarding themselves additional allowances that alone amount to an annual wage for huge swathes of the population. The country is in crisis, families are facing unprecedented financial challenges yet Fine Gael and Labour continue to pay themselves bumper salaries as if the celtic tiger were alive and well.

“Yesterday the CSO released statistics that illustrate in stark detail the financial choices ordinary families are making on a daily basis. One in ten families has had to borrow from family members to pay the bills. One in five households has struggled to pay bills in order to meet ordinary outgoings. Yet the Taoiseach thinks its ok to pay himself a whooping €200,000 a year and award his Junior Ministers an extra €17,205 on top of an annual salary of €130,000.

“Labour and Fine Gael in Government have failed to tackle unemployment; they have increased taxes and charges for low and middle income families whilst protecting high earners; they have cut services for the most vulnerable and have failed to renegotiate in any meaningful way the States unsustainable levels of banking debt.

“Minister Rabbitte may think he’s worth the big bucks but his record in government to date paints a very different picture.

“If Labour and Fine Gael are serious about the business of government then the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform needs to immediately revoke all Ministerial allowances.” ENDS

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