Super Junior Minister

  • Mayo TD Rose Conway-Walsh says she’s disgusted that Government TDs rushed through an amendment to legislation that gives an extra €16,000 to three Super Junior Ministers.

    Under earlier legislation, only two junior Ministers were entitled to the extra allowance, but the new Coalition has three super juniors sitting at Cabinet.

    The amended legislation means the Galway’s Hildegarde Naughten – Minister of State for Roads – Mayo native Green Party senator Pippa Hackett – Junior Minister at the Dept of Agriculture – and Chief Whip Jack Chambes will be eligible for the additional €16,000 allowance on top of the €124,000 euro salary for serving as Minister of State.

    Sinn Fein TD Rose Conway Walsh said the last-minute amendment was sneakily added, and described the decision to give the additional allowance to three super junior ministers already earning over €2,000 per week as appalling, when we couldn’t afford to supply adequate PPE to healthcare workers who were caring for dying Covid-19 patients.

     

  • The three Super Junior Ministers have agreed to give back the almost 16,000 in extra salary the Dáil approved for them last week.

    Instead Jack Chambers, Hildegarde Naughten and Pippa Hackett will split the two existing allowances and will get a wage increase of a little over 10,000 euro each.

    Ministers have also agreed to take an across the board 10 per cent pay cut.

    However, many will still earn slightly more than the last government which had turned down incremental increases in their wages.