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A pay rise due to TDs should be deferred according to Fine Gael Senator Paul Coghlan.

Senator Paul Coghlan, Fine Gael, Seanad Chief Whip

From April 1, members of the Dáil, including the Taoiseach, will see their salaries increase by between €2,700 and almost €5,000.

The TDs are among the public servants earning over €65,000 who will benefit from a claw back of temporary pay cuts that were imposed under the Haddington Road Agreement.

The TDs, whose pay is linked directly to principal officers, suffered a €5,414 drop in wages, from €92,672 to €87,258 during the recession.

The Kerry Senator was speaking in the context of the budget and future talks with Garda and other unions over pay restoration.