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Qu’ils Mangent De La Brioche!

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny living it large
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny living it large

Beady-eyed economics blog NAMA Wine Lake highlights the privileged salaries Ireland’s political elites continue to pay themselves in these otherwise austere times. Rest assured, Seán and Síle Citizen, we will never have to worry about An Taoiseach na hÉireann being distracted from the good management of our Republic by such mundane matters as electricity bills. Or indeed mortgage bills, medical bills or pension shortfalls. Oh, to be alive in such an age of man!

“The cut that will probably attract most immediate attention is the direct cut to gross salary for those earning in excess of €65,000 in pay and allowances each year. Although there has been no announcement yet, it is being assumed here that the cuts will affect politicians who are supposed to be part of the public sector.

That being the case, An Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s salary will fall from €200,000 to €185,350…

…An Taoiseach will still earn more than his counterpart in the UK, Sweden, Holland, France and Finland. Bigger economies, which are presently bailing us out. And An Taoiseach will still be earning more than double the salary of the prime minister of Spain, which is subject to a bailout of sorts, but which has an economy 10 times bigger than ours and a population 8 times greater.”

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