Kerry TDs have responded to talk on pay rises.
Deputies are set to get €2,700 next April, and the same amount the following January; it’s the restoration of pay cuts from 2013, as agreed under the Haddington Road and Lansdowne Road Acts.
Today Dublin North West Fine Gael TD Noel Rock became the first government TD to indicate he won’t take the pay rise in April.
Kerry Fine Gael TD Brendan Griffin says he doesn’t anticipate the pay rise occurring; his priority is to see frontline gardaí get a pay rise, and he’s already donating half his salary for a teacher since 2011.
Fianna Fáil Deputy John Brassil said that unless his party gives a direction on this, he won’t be calling for the pay increase to be stopped, and will take it; he welcomes the fact that TDs pay has been linked to civil servant pay grades since 2001 and hopes it continues.
Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris says the pay restoration won’t make any difference to him as he takes the average industrial wage and gives the rest to his constituency office; his salary is €570 a week.
Independent Deputy Danny Healy-Rae says he knows very little about the proposed pay hike for TDs, and hasn’t given it any thought yet, therefore, he hasn’t made a decision.
His brother, fellow Independent Michael Healy-Rae says he doesn’t know anything about it, as he’s received no official notification and therefore hasn’t made a decision.