Reduce TD and Ministerial Pay in Ireland

Reduce TD and Ministerial Pay in Ireland

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Sean Birch started this petition to Dáil Eireann

Year after year, the public sees cuts to public services and the cost of living rise in Ireland, while at the same time seeing TDs living big on their comfortable salaries. An ordinary TD makes around €96,000 a year. A minister then has an extra €38,000 on top of this. 

To put this into perspective, the average pay of nurses is €32,713 and the minimum wage stands at €10.10, when the calculated living wage for living in Ireland is €12.30.

There’s no logical reason for there to be such a wide gap in earning between the people and their representatives. The fact that they earn so much more is also detrimental to their ability to represent the average person properly. For instance, how can a person earning a 6 figure salary empathise with someone who relies on welfare or the SUSI grant. It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that this is the reason why the wealth gap in Ireland is growing. 

As we enter one of the most uncertain times in our nations history, with brexit and the impeding economic collapse due the Covid19, the fear of a return to austerity is present in many Irish homes. The majority of Irish people can’t take a repeat of what happened after the 2008 crisis, but sadly many well paid politicians can’t relate to these fears. 

Please sign this petition in demonstrate to the government the need for a reconsideration of their pay. 

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