Pay increase to push TD salaries over €100,000


TDs WILL receive a pay rise of some €2,500 a year today under the final phase of the current national pay agreement. It will bring the basic salary to more than €100,000.

The Taoiseach's pay will go up by almost €7,000 a year while senior civil servants and judges will get similar increases under the final 2.5 per cent phase of Sustaining Progress.

All public servants will benefit from the 2.5 per cent award and it will also apply to public service pensions.

The Government recently deferred the implementation of a special pay award of €38,000 for the Taoiseach and €25,000 for Ministers which would have been paid in addition to the national pay rounds.

After the pay rise a backbench TD with less than seven year's experience will earn a basic €100,189 a year. Those with between seven and 10 years service will see their salaries rise to €103,389, while backbenchers with more than 10 years in the Dáil will get €106,567.

Most backbench TDs receive allowances on top of their salary for serving as chairs, vice-chairs or whips on one of the more than 20 Oireachtas committees.

Office holders, who are paid a separate salary for their ministerial positions will get the 2.5 per cent rise on their total income.

The Taoiseach's salary, including his TD's pay, will rise from €278,617 to €285,582 while the Tánaiste's salary will increase from €239,341 to €245,296.

Senators will get a rise in the basic salary to €70,133 with a corresponding rise to €74,607 for those with 10 years service in the Upper House. The salary of the Cathaoirleach of the Seanad will go up from €116,477 to €119,388.