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Ó Broin calls on constituency colleagues to forgo pay rise

24 October, 2016 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Mid-west Eoin Ó Broin has called on his constituency colleagues, Frances Fitzgerald, John Curran and Gino Kenny to forgo pay rises due.

Deputy Ó Broin said:

“Sinn Féin is putting forward a motion that calls on the government to stop pay increases for TDs and senators due under the Lansdowne Road Agreement.

“We believe it is grossly unfair that politicians should see a pay rise of over €5,000 while those on an average wage will only see an increase of €1,000. This will take a TD’s basic wage up to €92,672. This figure is exclusive of travel and accommodation allowances of up to €9,000 which can be claimed by the TDS in the Dublin Mid-West constituency. This would take the total amount a TD can earn of up to €101,672.

“This is even more unfair that, when you take into account the additional pay and expenses, Frances Fitzgerald receives in her capacity as Minister and Tánaiste and that John Curran receives acting as chair of the Social Protection committee.

“For example, Frances Fitzgerald receives her TD wage of €87,258 and her Tánaiste salary of €84,051, which gives her a total salary of €171,309, before expenses.  Another example is the payment John Curran receives as chair of the committee on social protection, which amounts to an additional €8, 740 per annum on top of his TD salary of €87,258. This takes Deputy Curran up to €95,998, and if you include the maximum travel and accommodation allowance of €9,000, you are up to €104,998.

“When the figures are broken down we see that TDs and Ministers are not in need of any pay hikes. When you take into account that pensioners will only receive a paltry €5 a week, a justifiable pay hike of €5,000 is difficult to swallow.

“In fact, Sinn Féin believe that pay for Oireachtas members should be reduced the Taoiseach’s and ministerial allowances should be reduced 50%. In the meantime we hope that all the parties in the Dáil will our motion on the 15th of November and acknowledge that pay restoration for TDs is not, and should not be treated as, a top priority.

“Sinn Féin TDs will not take this pay increase regardless of whether our motion is successful or not. I will be calling on the TDs of Dublin Mid-West to make a similar commitment to voters that they will not be taking any unfair wage increments due.” 

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