Motion to stop pay increase for TDs defeated in Dáíl

A countermotion passed today includes a commitment for ministers to waive their own pay increases

Motion to stop pay increase for TDs defeated in Dáíl

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A Sinn Féin motion to stop TDs getting a pay increase has been defeated in the Dáíl.

The government and Fianna Fáil joined forces to pass a countermotion instead - by 89 votes to 38.

TDs are due to receive a pay hike of €2,700 a year from April, and again from January 2018.

The countermotion passed today includes a commitment for ministers to waive their own pay increases - but that TDs' pay would remain linked to Principal Officers in the civil service, as per the Lansdowne Road Agreement.

It will ultimately see TDs pay restored to the pre-crash level of €92,672 a year. Some TDs have said they will waive the increases.

Speaking yesterday, Sinn Féin TD David Cullinane said: “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," he added.

It comes as Ireland’s largest trade union has said it will ballot its 60,000 public service members for industrial action unless the government announces new national pay talks within a week.