No €4,000 pay hikes for ministers...but TDs free to decide for themselves
Senior and junior ministers have agreed not to accept pay increases next year.
Following a week of controversy, Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe announced that no pay hike would be awarded to office holders.
However, TDs will be left to make up their own minds. The move means members of the Cabinet will lose out on increases of just under €4,000. Ministers of state will lose out on €2,800.
TDs can decide for themselves whether to take the increase, which will be just over €2,700.
Mr Donohoe said yesterday that no office holder will receive any increase.
"All office holders at both minister and minister of state level will forfeit the wage restoration that is due to happen under the Lansdowne Road Agreement," he said at a press briefing at Government Buildings.
"That decision was reaffirmed by the Cabinet and it has now been reaffirmed by the ministers of state."
Mr Donohoe said an "administrative device" was agreed that will ensure ministers' take-home pay does not change.
"We have had to come up with a device to deal with that," he said.
"So from next April, the TD portion of their salary will increase and what we will do is decrease their ministerial salary by a larger amount to make sure their take home pay does not change."
However, TDs will continue to be asked whether they will refuse their pay hikes after a number of deputies said that was their intention.
These include Dublin North West TD Noel Rock and Roscommon/Galway deputy Michael Fitzmaurice.