Swedish ministers gets pay raise for Sweden
Annual pay from July 1st for the Swedish prime minister is €147,000 rounded and for cabinet ministers €118,000. Sweden's population is about double Ireland's and its welfare state far more advanced,as are the other EU welfare states below.
For EU comparisons,see http://www.eurofound.europa.eu/eiro/...ie0912029i.htm Scroll down to "Eurozone Comparators" heading of a section where the second paragraph says the Taoiseach's pay was significantly ahead of the leaders of Austria,Belgium and Finland and the Netherlands,"with the head of government in Finland on just 75% of the Taoiseach's adjusted salary [were the adjustments done by Irish civil servants with a bias towards underestimating this gap?]. Similar results were found for other government ministers,with Austria being slightly ahead on salary."
"Government ministers in Belgium and Finland earned 88% and 83% of the Irish equivalent on an adjusted basis."
Given that all the states mentioned have more successful social welfare systems than Ireland's to manage,the case could be made that Irish government ministers and the Taoiseach should be paid less. However,it would be a good start to the December budget speech if Minister Lenihan cut ministerial salaries to bring them in line with the small countries,having regard to relative differences in GNP per capita,not our inflated,misleading GDP figures. That suggests a cut of about 20% in pay,a cut which could then be applied to all high salaries across the public sector, though with reduced cuts for the bottom half of the salary scales.