Sinn Féin reviewing its policy of paying TDs the average industrial wage

Party TDs currently draw less than half of their €87,258 salary

Sinn Féin reviewing its policy of paying TDs the average industrial wage

Sinn Féin TDs Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, Gerry Adams, Mary Lou McDonald and Pearse Doherty | Photo: Niall Carson/ PA

Sinn Féin has confirmed that its pay restrictions for elected representatives are being reviewed.

The party has traditionally only allowed TDs and senators to take home the average industrial wage, currently set at around €35,000 a year.

The remainder of their salaries and allowances are donated to the party and spent on constituency expenses.

This means Sinn Féin TDs draw less than half of their €87,258 wage, in keeping with the party’s policy of equal pay for all staff and elected representatives.

A spokesperson said a review of the policy is expected to be discussed by the party's ard chomhairle in September.

Any change to pay rules will have to be approved by the same governing body, which is headed up by Gerry Adams. 

The review was initiated after some party members raised concerns about the policy, citing rising living costs.

In 2012, former Sinn Féin TD Sandra McLellan warned that the pay cap could also deter people from standing for election.

“It might limit attracting a person who is highly paid to run as a politician for a party if they have commitments and if they don’t want to give up their well-paid job,” she told the Irish Daily Mail.