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Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin (centre) and colleagues at government buildings yesterday


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9 thoughts on “Ask A Broadsheet Reader

  1. ReproBertie

    Did Bertie’s handover to Biffo not set a precedent? New Taoiseach nominated and voted for in the Dáíl. FFFGG will have the numbers to pass such a vote come the rotation.

    1. Jonickal

      Mid-Dáil change of Taoiseach is not a new thing. It’s happened 3 times in recent history.

      1994 Albert Reynolds to John Bruton
      2008 Bertie Ahern to Brian Cowen
      2017 Enda Kenny to Leo Varadkar

      1. Cian

        The Taoiseach resigns (as do ministers) prior to each general election. If the same party wins it – then this scenario happens.
        So it happened in 2016, 2007, 2002, 1989, …

  2. Johnnythree

    Am I the only one who finds the tweet grammatically incorrect? I’d start there.

  3. Cian

    Not unless
    1: All Ministers change at the same time to someone else who was not a Minister before
    2: They have all reached the minimum service as a Minister to get a pension

    So no, not at all. And I suspect the tweeter knew that too.

    1. Harry Robertson

      2 years is the minimum is that correct Cian? I remember this coming up during the greens last foray into government. Gormley (I think) stepped down after 2 years and another Green stood up to copperfasten their entitlement.

      1. Cian

        “To receive this pension entitlement you have to have served for at least two years in one of these offices. The pension is then worked out as a percentage of the office holder’s salary. After two years a retiring minister is entitled to a pension equal to 20 per cent of his or her salary. After three years this becomes 25 per cent, four years 30 per cent, and five years 35 per cent.

        The maximum entitlement is 60 per cent after 10 years’ service. Service as a minister of state is reckonable for ministerial pension calculations, with half the service accrued being counted for pension purposes.” (from 2012 – it might have changed since)

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