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Three ‘super junior’ ministers agree to give back some of controversial pay rise

Jack Chambers, Hildegarde Naughton and Pippa Hackett will each receive around 10,500 euro in extra allowances.

Three “super junior” ministers have agreed to “waive and gift back” extra allowances to which they are entitled after legislation was passed in the Dail last week.

Instead of the three ministers receiving 15,829 euro they will each receive around 10,500 euro.

In a statement, the Government said the three junior ministers who sit at Cabinet, Jack Chambers, Hildegarde Naughton and Pippa Hackett, “have decided to waive and gift back to the state the increased allocation which was approved by the Dail last week”.

“This is in addition to the 10% pay cut for all ministers, which was collectively agreed by Cabinet yesterday.”

On Monday, Taoiseach Micheal Martin announced he and all Government ministers would take a 10% pay cut.

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Micheal Martin (Brian Lawless/PA)

It will be backdated to the formation of the new Government at the end of June.

The announcement amid criticism over the pay increase announced for super junior ministers.

However, as the previous Government waived pay restoration salary increases, it means many ministers are still being paid more than their predecessors.

Mr Martin’s salary will decrease from 207,590 euro to 186,831 euro.

Former taoiseach Leo Varadkar had a salary of 185,350 euro.

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Leo Varadkar (Damien Eagers/PA)

Labour TD Ged Nash described Mr Martin’s announcement as a “phoney pay cut”.

“It is effectively a renewal of a previous voluntary pay cut taken by the last Government,” he said.

“The Taoiseach is being disingenuous in relation to the phoney 10% pay cut announced yesterday. In truth, this is is not a pay cut at all and will leave ministers – including the Taoiseach – better off than their predecessors in the last Government.

“It is extraordinary that the Taoiseach thought this would go unnoticed and that it would deflect attention from the hare-brained decision to change the law to shell out an extra 16,200 euro to ministers of state attending Cabinet.

“It shows yet more shocking arrogance from this calamity coalition and a blatant disregard for working people who have experienced real and significant cuts to their income during this crisis.”

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