Michael Collins has called on his fellow TDs to reject any increase to their already “more than generous salaries”

Michael Collins

I AM not taking any pay rise and I have signed a waiver to the same effect,” said West Cork independent TD Michael Collins.

An increase of over 27,00 per year for TDs was recently approved by the Government. This pay rise will see TDs take home a basic salary of 89,958 before expenses.

At a time when the public are struggling to make ends meet we politicians should not get an increase in pay, it is totally wrong and sends out a very wrong message,” Deputy Collins said.

While many politicians say that we give thousands to charities during the year and that justifies taking the increase this does not justify a salary increase at this time.”

Deputy Collins added, “As I have said this rise does nothing but send out the wrong message and has come at a bad time when many families across the country who are struggling to make ends meet and it is for this reason I am not taking the increase.”

Over 2 million in payments were approved by Ministers after Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe outlined his proposal to top up the salaries of TDs and Senators.

This pay increase is wrong, the money allocated to this could be spend on other much indeed facilities and services in rural Ireland such as improving infrastructure for example. We, as public representatives should not accept this salary increase and I for one will not,” Deputy Collins said.