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McDonald accuses Taoiseach of snubbing frontline public servants

24 April, 2013 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin deputy leader, Mary Lou McDonald TD, accused the Taoiseach in the Dáil this morning of snubbing frontline public sector workers by ploughing ahead with revised budget figures based on cuts of 8% or more to their salaries, whilst protecting at all costs the excessive pay and pension arrangements of senior bankers.

The Dublin Central TD said:
“Yesterday the government sought to ram estimates through committee based on the Croke Park cuts. This morning the very same estimates are before the Dáil despite the decisive rejection of Croke Park by union members.
“Why has the government instructed the LRC to re-engage with trade unions on the Croke Park deal if it has no absolutely no intention of listening to what they have to say? “
“As if to add insult to injury the government has decided to abstain on a vote on Richie Boucher’s pay package at today’s Bank of Ireland AGM.
“Fine Gael and Labour happily stand over protecting the excessive pay of one of the most senior bankers still in position since the bank guarantee.
“Nurses on €30,000 a year are expected take an eight per cent pay cut watching on as Richie Boucher pockets a pay package of €843,000, that’s more in a fortnight than a Nurse gets in year. How on earth could any Government in situ during an economic and financial crisis stand over such astonishing pay inequity?
“It was of course Fianna Fáil who set Mr Boucher’s salary package but Fine Gael and Labour in government has had two years to act on bankers pay with zero results. Now finally government has an opportunity to do something about the buckets of cash bank chiefs get paid and what do they do, give them a green light to carry on.” ENDS

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