Pay increases to politicians 'outrageous and intolerable' – Mary Lou McDonald TD
Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has described proposed pay increases to senior politicians as 'outrageous'. The Sinn Féin deputy was reacting to news that politicians are due to get a pay increase after the next election.
Deputy McDonald said:
“News of this deal reaches our ears shortly after we hear that Ministerial pensions are going to increase. It is outrageous that what are already inflated salaries are going to be puffed up even further, and all at the expense of the taxpayer.
“The Taoiseach will see his pay jump to €200,000, an increase of 7.9 per cent. The Tánaiste will see hers increase to €184,405. How does the government justify increases in their astronomic incomes as they cut income supports this month to those most vulnerable of groups in our society – lone parents?
“It is utterly disgraceful and unjustifiable. Labour and Fine Gael need to get real. How can they govern effectively when they are so out of touch with the realities of ordinary people and families struggling to pay their bills?
“Sinn Féin have consistently campaigned to reduce the wages of politicians. Our first Bill after the general election was a proposal to reduce the salaries of TDs, Ministers and the Taoiseach. It was rejected by the government. We have outlined in our alternative budget how savings of €4 million could be made by the cutting salaries and perks in the Dáil.
“This position by the government is utterly intolerable and an affront to Irish people who have suffered so much from Fine Gael and Labour austerity policies. I am calling on Minister Howlin to stop acting out of self interest and stop this farcical increase.”