Leader of Fianna Fail Micheal Martin pictured with MEP Brian Crowley at the party’s Ard Fheis in Killarney in 2014
The Irish Examiner yesterday revealed that Cork MEP Brian Crowley will be entitled to severance payments of more than €350,000 over the next two years and a pension pot of €1.4m
Mr Crowley, who was not able to attend any parliament sessions since the last elections in 2014 due to illness, will be entitled to a pension lump sum worth 1.5 times a politician’s salary.
This is appalling – Brian Crowley has not been in a position to attend the EU parliament since 2014 and it’s likely his hospitalisation over three and half years or so saw two thirds of the bill paid for – and like others he most likely had his private health premium paid for him.
Most people with a disability will explain how the dye is cast against them – I’m sick of such attitudes and arrogance that causes him to hold his seat – take the salary – while not in a position to attend.
So many are in worse situations than Crowley don’t even have the basic standards of needs met in this ever restricting economy – some have no home.