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They gave their lives to it.

Sinn Féin President, Gerry Adams TD, today (Wednesday) received an answer to a parliamentary question, which detailed the amount of pensions paid to former ministers.

The response confirmed that 109 ex-ministers are in receipt of pensions, amounting to an €8.8 million payroll every year at taxpayers’ expense.

Thirty of them have pensions over €100,000 a year, including former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern (right) on €152,000, corrupt former minister Ray Burke (left) on €103,000 and former Labour leader, Dick Spring on €121,000.

Sinn Féin finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty said:“The fact that this level of payments is being paid to former ministers when we are facing into one of the harshest budgets in history is a scandal. Many of the people on this list are the architects of our economic downfall and of the hardships being faced by hundreds of thousands of Irish people today.”


Sinn Féin Exposes Extent Of Former Ministers’ Pensions (SF)

(Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland)