'Three stars for the spin doctors' - Pearse Doherty hits out at Government pay cut


Jack Quann
Jack Quann

11.04 28 Jul 2020


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Sinn Féin's finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty has criticised a 10% pay cut announced by the Government.

It will be backdated to the formation of the new Government at the end of June.

The announcement came on Monday in the wake of criticism over the pay increase announced for super junior ministers.

However because the previous Government waived pay restoration salary increases, it means that many ministers are still being paid more than their predecessors.

Mr Doherty told The Pat Kenny Show: "Honest to God, three stars for the spin doctors in Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Greens.

"To go out and announce at a press conference, with a straight face, to say the Cabinet agreed a pay cut - yet the Taoiseach will earn more than the previous Taoiseach earned just four weeks ago, the Tánaiste will earn more than the previous Tánaiste earned just four weeks ago, and each of the senior ministers will earn more than the previous ministers earned just four weeks ago - is absolutely ridiculous.

"Do they think that the public are that silly, are that gullible that we would swallow some of this kind of guff coming from Government?

"The reality is Micheál Martin walked his troops into Leinster House just last week and voted for a €17,000 increase for super junior ministers."

Queried on the total, Deputy Doherty said: "It's €17,200 was the increase, that's the official increase.

"It goes up to €151,000... obviously they'll take a 10% cut, but there'll be roughly on what super juniors were on just four weeks ago".

"We actually believe, and we published legislation on this, we believe that pay cuts should be right across the board - from the most senior level from the Taoiseach right down to junior minister, and including TDs and Senators."

"Every year, I don't make any big issue of this, but every year I forgo payments myself - I think it's about €9,000 I give back to the State.

"Because every year TDs get increases, it's just ridiculous".

Main image: Sinn Féin spokesperson on finance Pearse Doherty is seen on the plinth at Leinster House. Picture by: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

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