Wrong for TDs to jump the queue on pay increases - David Cullinane TD
Speaking tonight on a Sinn Féin Dáil motion to block the pay increase for TD and Senators, Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Public Expenditure and Reform David Cullinane TD said;
“This is an issue of fairness. We are still witnessing a two-tier recovery.
“The legacy of cuts to pay and public services continues to place enormous pressure on ordinary people and households.
“The Lansdowne Road Agreement failed to address the issue of pay inequality for post-2011 entrants, while giving partial pay restoration to those on wages over €65,000.
“In this context is it wrong for TDs to jump the queue.
“It is unfair that somebody on €30,000 or €40,000 per year, an average wage in the public sector, is getting pay restoration of €1,000 while Deputies are expected to take over €100 a week.
“We hope that all parties will support this motion. We can then start to focus on the outstanding issues in the public sector and acknowledge that pay restoration for TDs is not, and should not be treated as, a top priority."