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A fair budget? No pain for them!


Neutron

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Its being billed as a fair budget so they say.

We must all feel the pain so they say.

We must share the burden so they say.

Well that's everyone except themselves of course! Brendin Howlin confirmed today in the independent that some of the best paid politicians in Europe wont be taking any cuts.

Fair play to them for wearing the green jersey.

IRELAND's politicians will retain their status as being among the best-paid political elites in Europe after next week's Budget, writes John Drennan.

Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin confirmed that the salaries of TDs, ministers and the Taoiseach will not be touched. He said the salaries of the Taoiseach, Tanaiste and ministers are €200,000, €184,405 and €169,275 respectively.
Politicians' 'elite' salaries will not be touched in Wednesday's Budget - National News - Independent.ie
 

ruserious

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It would be a big political PR exercise if Kenny cut the salaries of TD's by something like 5% and would bestow big political dividends but it seems that the short sighted approach of riding the gravy train before it stops has taken the agenda rather than looking to the next election, which is something they usually do in the good times. Odd.
 

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sport02

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What did you expect?

Gilmore's advisers.
Mark Garret salary (168,000 euro per annum) 90% above pay cap.
Colm O Reardon salary (155,000 euro per annum) 70% above pay cap.
Jean O'Mahoney salary (80,000 euro per annum)
Niamh Sweeney salary (80,000 per annum)

In June 2012, the Irish Examiner reported that Mr Gilmore’s senior press adviser and deputy government press secretary, Cathy Madden, saw her salary rise by €2,941 to €99,236.
 
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Andycap

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Would prefer those on the social got cut more than the politicans.
 

tigerben

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FG won't touch the rich, Labour won't touch the welfare , so middle Ireland , stand up strong cause it's a heavy cross we carry. We're like the marshmallow middle of a Kimberly biscuit , the part every one wants but not enough to go around.
 

Neutron

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FG won't touch the rich, Labour won't touch the welfare , so middle Ireland , stand up strong cause it's a heavy cross we carry. We're like the marshmallow middle of a Kimberly biscuit , the part every one wants but not enough to go around.
Whilst I agree mostly with what you say dont forget that those families on welfare rely on Child benefit like anyone else and that is going to be slashed.
 

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Leadership : Take a 15% cut in salary............forget that other public servants will get paid more.........there day will surely come.

It is good news though that expenses are to be cut 15% supposedly.

Wednesday will tell the tale.
 

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Whilst I agree mostly with what you say dont forget that those families on welfare rely on Child benefit like anyone else and that is going to be slashed.
€10 cut per month is not slashed.

Be glad we still receive it.....it got way out of hand under FF. €160 PER MONTH at one stage.
 

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While we are on the topic of the budget, the below quotes are from Noonan back in October.

Michael Noonan has expressed his hope that a deal restructuring the government’s promissory note for Anglo Irish Bank could be reached in the coming weeks – a move which he says would make it easier to construct the next Budget.

“It would help me doing the Budgetary arithmetic if something could be arranged, or a statement of intent could be achieved, before the Budget,” he said.
Not only is there no sight of a PN deal but Noonan still has not received the letter of intent he hoped for from EU/ECB. And the budget is only three days away.

Looking forward to January polls.
 

regnal gib 1

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Its being billed as a fair budget so they say.

We must all feel the pain so they say.

We must share the burden so they say.

Well that's everyone except themselves of course! Brendin Howlin confirmed today in the independent that some of the best paid politicians in Europe wont be taking any cuts.

Fair play to them for wearing the green jersey.



Politicians' 'elite' salaries will not be touched in Wednesday's Budget - National News - Independent.ie

If we had good leadership in this country they would lead by example. The leadership of this country should be reducing their salaries in solitarity with the newly unemployed and emmigrants. I know this will not happen because of the following: greed and evil.
 

Neutron

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€10 cut per month is not slashed.

Be glad we still receive it.....it got way out of hand under FF. €160 PER MONTH at one stage.
For the first and 2nd child, large families are going to get a 20-30 cut for the 3rd onwards.

A family of 4 may see nearly 100 a month cut from their income, thats a lot of money if you need it to pay for other things like heating etc.
 
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tigerben

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Whilst I agree mostly with what you say dont forget that those families on welfare rely on Child benefit like anyone else and that is going to be slashed.

Ya, my single Garda brother got my husband's back up when he had on Facebook" only a ten euro cut on CB" the fool thought it was just ten euro over all on the amount given, not per child.
 

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Agreed, it got out of hand though.

€130 per month per child is still fairly good. Its heading towards €100 by 2016.
 

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€10 cut per month is not slashed.

Be glad we still receive it.....it got way out of hand under FF. €160 PER MONTH at one stage.
€166 I believe.
 

Neutron

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Agreed, it got out of hand though.

€130 per month per child is still fairly good. Its heading towards €100 by 2016.
Its not out of hand at all!

Take into consideration the true cost of raising a child and the lack of support from the state when compared to the UK we are actually below the levels the Brits get.

The UK may pay slightly less in Child benefit but they also pay out Child tax credits which is available to everyone from the unemployed to the working. Thats put child supports on a far greater amount than Ireland.

You then have real Free schooling and other supports.

I believe Ireland is now one of the most costly places in Europe to raise a child when you take into consideration all the supports elsewhere.
 
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