Pensions to former taoisigh outstrip EU counterparts
Irish payments exceed those of Britain, Germany, Spain and Greece
Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern speaking in the Dail.
Mr Cowen and Mr Ahern each receive annual pensions of ¤150,163 but this will drop to ¤142,655 under a new plan to cuthigh public pensions by 5 per cent. Albert Reynolds’s new pension will be ¤141,513 and John Bruton’s will be ¤134,728.
These compare favourably with pensions of some £70,000 (¤80,274) paid to former British prime ministers Gordon Brown, Tony Blair and John Major. This is half David Cameron’s pay but excludes security costs.
Former German chancellor Gerhard Schröder is entitled to a pension of almost ¤110,000, including state and federal benefits. He works for Russian energy giant Gazprom and his pension is offset against private earnings.
Spanish figures show that former premiers José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, José Maria Aznar and Felipe Gonzalez each receive a ¤74,580 pension.
Retired presidents of France receive about ¤72,000 per annum, but also annual allowances and benefits estimated to cost up to ¤2 million each.
Nicolas Sarkozy’s entitlements are ¤22,000 per month. The French state also gives him an 11-room apartment and staff including 10 security guards.