The figures which were supplied in response to a parliamentary question to Sinn Féin TD Mary Lou McDonald, show that all but five of the 111 former ministers are entitled to pensions greater than the average annual salary of €40,775.
Many past office holders such as former taoiseach John Bruton, former tánaiste Michael McDowell, and Alan Dukes, the former finance minister, continue to draw down their State pensions, despite earning six- figure sums from current jobs.
Mr Bruton, chairman of the financial services body, IFSC Ireland, will receive a combined ministerial and TD pension of €154,044 this year.
Mr McDowell, the former Progressive Democrats leader and one of the country’s top barristers, will draw a pension of €112,382 in 2012 on top of his earnings from the Four Courts.
Mr Dukes, a former Fine Gael leader, is continuing to accept a State pension worth €100,645 this year, in addition to the €150,000 he receives as chairman of the former Anglo Irish Bank. Former minister Ray Burke, who was found by the planning tribunal to have received corrupt payments, has an annual pension of €110,943 from the State, while former EU commissioner Padraig Flynn, who was also deemed to be involved in planning corruption by the tribunal, gets an annual pension of €92,581.
can you believe this
especially Ray Burke
getting this money
we are a very ignorant people