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Minister Howlin needs to stop ‘disgraceful’ pension increases for top earners – McDonald

6 July, 2015 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has slammed news that retired senior politicians and civil servants will be receiving increases in their pensions, many of which are already in excess of €100,000, in a side deal stemming from the Lansdowne Road public-sector pay deal.

Reacting to Minister Brendan Howlin’s claims yesterday, that he was powerless to stop the increases from taking effect, Deputy McDonald said:

“It is disgraceful that a side deal like this has been agreed. It is a side deal away from the Lansdowne Road Agreement. It puts a different complexion on what has been agreed in total by the government. While there has been modest relief on low and middle incomes, there are much greater rewards for those on the top of the tree.

“It is absolutely unacceptable that former ministers and taoisigh will get an increase on what are already excessive and indefensible pension payments. Minister Howlin needs to get the finger out and he needs to do something about it.

“As Minister Howlin has been very quick to introduce emergency legislation to take money from those earning very little, there is nothing to say to say that he can’t stop these increases on what are already huge state pensions. He needs to tell us what he is going to do to sort out this intolerable position. He can’t stand over this.”

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