A salary of €185,000 is not 'cut to the bone' – Pearse Doherty TD
Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Finance Pearse Doherty has criticised comments made today by the Taoiseach justifying his salary of €185,000.
Deputy Doherty said:
“It is almost laughable the Taoiseach made these outrageous comments on the same day as the Low Pay Commission was set up.
“The Taoiseach, on a salary of €185,000 plus expenses is getting over ten times that of the minimum wage earner. He believes he is 'very much' entitled to his pay and that his salary has been ‘cut to the bone’.
“The Taoiseach needs a reality check. A hospital system where people are lying on trolleys is ‘cut to the bone.’ People struggling to pay their mortgage are ‘cut to the bone’. Young people who cannot get a job in this country are ‘cut to the bone’. Those who are finding it hard to live on the minimum wage are ‘cut to the bone’.
“A salary of €185,000 is not ‘cut to the bone’.
“Not only does this show the Taoiseach's failing grasp on reality, it also highlights a near contempt for those who are struggling to earn a living on wages which hardly pay the bills.
“Our first Bill immediately after the election was a proposal to reduce the salaries of TDs, Ministers and the Taoiseach. In our alternative Budget we showed how we could save almost €4m a year by cutting salaries and perks in the Dáil. We proposed to reduce TDs pay to €75,000 and Senators pay to €60,000.
“It was rejected by the Government.
“The Taoiseach's comments betray an underlying attitude of entitlement and arrogance, exposing a gross ignorance as to the day to day struggles of ordinary Irish people, an attitude that is shared by both Labour and Fine Gael.”