TDs dif­fer on fol­low­ing party leader’s ex­am­ple


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ENDA KENNY’S an­nounce­ment that he in­tends to take a 5 per cent pay cut has re­ceived a mixed re­sponse from the two serv­ing Wick­low TDs be­long­ing to Fine Gael.

Deputy An­drew Doyle said he didn’t plan on tak­ing a pay cut be­cause as a politi­cian he was self-em­ployed and not in the most se­cure pro­fes­sion.

Deputy Billy Tim­mins said he had no prob­lem with such a move as long as it was across the board in the pub­lic sec­tor.

A par­lia­men­tary meet­ing is ex­pected to take place this week when the mat­ter will be up for dis­cus­sion and a co­or­di­nated party de­ci­sion will be taken.

Deputy Tim­mins said that a few weeks ago he sup­ported a pub­lic sec­tor pay freeze and he stood by that.

‘I was al­ways op­posed to bench­mark­ing and be­lieved it was wrong. I don’t have a dif­fi­culty tak­ing a 5 per cent pay cut, once it in­volves any­one in the whole pub­lic sec­tor earn­ing over some­where around ¤90,000. It has to be some­thing right across the board and not uni­lat­eral,’ he said.

‘Our party leader has said he will take a 5 per cent re­duc­tion and that is a per­sonal de­ci­sion, not party pol­icy.’

Deputy Doyle says his ini­tial re­ac­tion is not to take a cut due to the un­sta­ble pro­fes­sion pol­i­tics of­ten proves it­self to be.

‘When the bud­get comes out higher in­come earn­ers are go­ing to be hit with more taxes. A re­duc­tion would ac­tu­ally re­duce that in­come and the amount of tax paid. From a per­sonal point of view I am a self em­ployed per­son and I’m not in the most se­cure pro­fes­sion. In pol­i­tics you are judged on wether you do the job, but even then its hard to pre­dict.

‘I have no prob­lem with a pay freeze once I am treated the same as every­one else right across the board. Per­for­mance re­lated pay is some­thing that has been brought up be­fore and I would agree with that.’

He also be­lieves the pri­vate sec­tor have to own up to the prob­lems they have caused, rather than crit­ics purely sin­gling out the pub­lic sec­tor.

‘Look right across the banks and the fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions and how their ex­ec­u­tives have con­trib­uted to­ward the world mess we cur­rently find our­selves in.

‘We hear a lot about the pub­lic sec­tor and some of the crit­i­cism is de­served, but you could sum up some of the be­hav­iour in the pri­vate sec­tor with one word - Greed.

‘Should any cuts not also in­volve them too?’ he asked.

An­drew Doyle

An­drew Doyle

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