Spokesperson for North Wexford Sinn Féin, Fionntán Ó Súilleabháin, lashes Deputy Kehoes double standards.
Paul Kehoe and Jan O'Sullivan, two so-called 'Super Junior' ministers, are to get an extra 17,000 euro on top of their already generous 130,000 Euro salaries after Enda Kenny signed off on the increase at the end of January.
" Deputy Kehoe met with a delegation of parents in Gorey before Christmas, whose childrens lost their teacher due to savage education cuts.He claimed that hard choices had to be made and asked for suggestions as to how money could be saved. Need I say more.I shall assume he wont be accepting this huge salary increase as an act of solidarity or "patriotism" to which his leader often makes reference.
"Jan O'Sullivan is a member of the party voted in to keep an eye on any FG excesses when it came to looking after their own. So far, just one year down the road, both Labour and Fine Gael have shown that they're on their way to being every bit as contemptuous of public opinion as their predecessors. Jobs given to loyal party hacks, failure to tackle waste of public resources, u-turns on payments to bond holders, pay hikes for advisors and now cream on the trifle for Jan and Paul."
"This payment is coming while the public are still struggling with the results of the Budget that Deputy Kehoe helped introduce.
It seems that it is business as usual in Irish politics and the one-finger salute to the electorate still the preferred choice of communimcation methods" stated Ó Suilleabháin.