The Taoiseach has said the Government is legally obliged to restore pay for top public servants to pre-austerity levels.
Micheál Martin said that 90% of those receiving the increases in pay were doctors and consultants.
He was speaking to press yesterday in Castlebar at the 50th anniversary celebrations of Baxter in county Mayo.
It had emerged that top public servants, including medical consultants, CEOs of State bodies, certain members of the judiciary and senior civil servants, are to have their pay restored to pre-austerity levels on 1 July.
Financial Emergency (FEMPI) legislation was used to cut the pay of public servants as part of the austerity measures introduced following the financial crash of 2008.
Under the Public Service Pay and Pensions Act, salaries for those earning above €150,000 are due to be restored by 1 July.
The Taoiseach confirmed that the measure was part of the restoration of the FEMPI cuts and that this was something that was supported by Sinn Féin and the trade unions...