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Micheal Martin to be paid £1,400 more than predecessor despite announcing cuts

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Taoiseach Micheal Martin

Taoiseach Micheal Martin

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Taoiseach Micheal Martin

Micheal Martin will be paid almost €1,500 (£1,370) more as Taoiseach than his predecessor Leo Varadkar despite announcing a 10% pay cut for himself and government ministers.

Senior ministers will also be better off to the tune of around €1,100 (£1,004) than their counterparts in the last Irish government under the plans to change senior politicians' pay.

Mr Martin announced what he billed as a government decision "to cut 10% of its pay across the board".

The government decision comes after massive criticism of a plan to extend a €16,000 (£14,607) salary top-up to all three 'super-junior' ministers.

The Taoiseach admitted that the issue "could have been handled better" and he revealed the Cabinet decision on wider ministerial pay.

"The Government today has taken a decision, which was in process, to give back 10% of its salaries to the state as and from the commencement of Government," he said.

"So it is a 10% cut from the Taoiseach right down through the Government to ministers of state."

However, the 10% cut to the gross salary on offer to the Taoiseach and his ministers will leave them getting paid more than their counter-parts in the previous Fine Gael-led minority government.

That's because ministers in the last government waived pay restoration salary increases that were due to politicians under the public service pay agreements.

They voluntarily waived the increases as the country recovered from the last recession.

The most recent reported salary for Mr Varadkar when he was Taoiseach was €185,350 (£169,220).

Mr Martin is to be paid €186,831 under the government's planned changes to pay for Cabinet members and junior ministers.

Senior ministers in the last government were on €157,000 (£143,337).

Under the plans announced by the government last night they will now be paid €158,129 (£144,368).

The situation is set to fuel further controversy over the salaries of Ireland's senior politicians.

Belfast Telegraph