Eoghan Harris was on Morning Ireland this morning calling for a 10% reduction in politicians pay. Link here
During his interview he stated that "benchmarking" (whatever that means) public sector pay and social welfare payments to Northern Ireland levels would save €23bn. He then seems to suggest it might be €15bn - it's not clear.
We know that our public pay and welfare levels are higher than in the UK, but this €23bn figure sounds very high to me. Does anyone know how much more we are spending on these things compared to our neighbours?