Bertie Ahern and the €98901 pension - News: he is giving it up

kevmac

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Stagg and Durcan didn't do themselves any favours on Morning Ireland today.

Arrogant gob********************es!

Stagg - who has now decided to give it up. 'Sure it was only €56 pw and that won't make much difference to the economy..'

They just don't get it. It about morality and leadership not the amount of the pension.

Expect major spinning about other workers who have pensions and do some work.
Didn't Stagg say RTE had allegedly spend more money calling him on the issue than he received in a week. Is he in Nigeria at the mo.?
 


consultant

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Didn't Stagg say RTE had allegedly spend more money calling him on the issue than he received in a week. Is he in Nigeria at the mo.?
Might be taking walks in the park and only available on his mobile.
 

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He3

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Is Bertie now the last socialist pensioner in the Dáil?
 

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Those opposition TD's who are in receipt of ministerial pensions need to take themselves out of the firing line as quickly as possible this morning by agreeing to forego their pensions until they retire. Their current stance of waiting for legislative change before they do so is no longer sustainable. We need to get this issue focused on Bertie Ahern and Michael Woods (on whose behalf Brian Cowen intervened to inflate his pension).

Cowen is under enormous pressure over his handling of the Boucher and MGQ pensions and he will not be able to pass the buck to the same extent when it comes to his own TD's.

If the opp parties play this one right we could be witnessing the dying weeks of this God-awful government.
nobody but nobody in the dail should be on pension and salary they are overpaid underworked and just there for the money now bertie aherne and richard bruton should get the finger and hand back the money to the state
 

Tomas Mor

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Bertie, Hand it back you squid you. You are making enough from the nags and lecture tours
 

DCon

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Bertie, Hand it back you squid you. You are making enough from the nags and lecture tours
Not to mention the Directorships with property and forestry companies

Also, not to mention:

A reform of political expenses, which allowed former taoisigh to claim so-called "turning up" allowances at the Dáil despite having state cars, has benefitted only Bertie Ahern, it has emerged.

The amended legislation, introduced by former finance minister Charlie McCreevy in 1998, created a Dáil expenses system that was less transparent for the public but far easier for TDs and senators to use. It included a clause allowing office holders – who get to keep their state car even after stepping down – to claim for a generous €61.50 daily allowance just for going to work
Ironically, the only person to have benefitted from the amendment has been former taoiseach Bertie Ahern, who in 2008 claimed €3,630 tax-free just for turning up at the Dáil. Despite having round-the-clock access to a garda driver and a ministerial Merc, Ahern claimed the allowance for the period between May and October 2008.

The former taoiseach, who has several other sources of income apart from his TD's salary, has not claimed since then but will be able to backdate as long as he claims before the end of July.

According to the most recent figures, Ahern has claimed €65,175 in expenses since stepping down as taoiseach, primarily for his constituency office and phone bill.

If he chooses to claim the rest of his turning-up money, the bill to the taxpayer is likely to be at least €8,500 a year.
Ahern sole beneficiary of 'turning-up' money rule
 

wexfordman

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How about this for a solution to the claim that they cannot legally reduce or remove pensions....

Introduce a tax rate of 95% for all who draw down a pension while still in full employment!

Possibly do it based on the siR o your pension relative to your other earning salary!

Surely that could be done without a referendum ?
 

Newsy

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Cough it up, Bertie.

Ber--tee, Ber--tee, Ber--tee, Ber--tee, !!!!!!!
 

stanley

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The jounos, cameras should get on their bikes and be up at Fagins tonight, hound the prlick until he gives it up and the car + turning-up money.
 

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cozzy121

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It's not Bertie's pension at all, he just waits in the car & sends someone else in to collect it.
 

Simbo67

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Bertie hands back his pension

Just on Newstalk now, he's giving it back in the interests of the nation.
 

adamirer

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In fairness, at least he did it. I genuinely didnt think he would. Certainly not in keeping with his character to date. God help any TD that doesn't give it up now, unstoppable tide.
 

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He has seen the light....
 


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