Deputy Alan Kelly
Sinn Fein councillors in Tipperary have lashed the four TD's of The Premier County for backing a move to increase salaries by €5,000 from April 1st 2017, labeling it a sick joke.
Sinn Fein councillors in Tipperary have lashed the four TD's of The Premier County for backing a move to increase salaries by €5,000 from April 1st 2017, labelling it a sick joke.
The Sinn Féin Tiobraid Árann council team are furious at the rejection by Tipperary TDs of a Sinn Féin Dáil motion last week to prevent TDs getting a €5000 wage increase over the next two years.
“Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are very much in alliance in councils across the country and more strikingly in the Oireachtas. This latest example of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil joining forces to defeat a motion is further proof that there is only one real opposition voice in the Dáil and that is Gerry Adams and the Sinn Féin Dáil team,” a statement to our newspaper claimed.
And, the statement went on to criticise Fianna Fáil TD Jackie Cahill who voted with the government against the motion; Alan Kelly, who, even in opposition with his Labour colleagues, voted for a pay increase, according to the statement; as did Michael Lowry TD. Mattie McGrath TD was absent from the vote but has put on record that he would have voted against the motion had he been present. He also indicated that he would be giving his increase to local charities, although he would be still drawing from the public purse.
Deputy Jackie Cahill pictured chatting with Taoiseach Enda Kenny.
“The Sinn Féin council team cannot see any justification for TDs voting to increase their own income when Tipperary people are suffering on a continuous basis from the mismanagement of the country by this and former governments. Instead Sinn Féin believe that the use of Dáil time and State funds should be used to address more important issues. In Tipperary at the moment there is a health crisis, a mental health crisis, a housing crisis, unemployment and youth unemployment levels are very high and economic emigration continues across our towns and villages. These are the real issues,” the statement says.
Deputy Michael Lowry
“ This is an issue of fairness. We are still witnessing a two-tier recovery. The legacy of cuts to pay and public services continues to place enormous pressure on ordinary people and households.
“It is unfair that somebody on €30,000 or €40,000 per year, an average wage in the public sector, is getting pay restoration of under €20 while Deputies are expected to take over €100 a week.
Deputy Mattie McGrath
The comments from the Sinn Fein members are likely to further inflame relations on Tipperary County Council which sits on Friday next to decide the annual Budget - always a meeting of real contention with councillors seeking to secure funds for various projects in their own areas. Mayor Siobhan Ambrose will be at the helm for what could be a stormy affair as the council executive bids to get the BUdget passed as presented by CEO Mr Joe MacGrath.