Shortall gives up
Róisín Shortall has refused a €33,100 payoff after resigning in September.
Shortall was entitled to about €33,100 in severance pay, to be paid incrementally until April 2014 – but the former Labour TD has said she is not accepting any payments.
“I actually instructed officials not to pay me this money,” Shortall told TheJournal.ie.
Now I'm reminded of all those on p.ie who said that Róisín Shortall resigned for her own career, to save her seat, to fatten her wallet in the long run etc etc (despite the fact that she most likely would have kept her seat, is not now entitled to a ministerial pension, has none of the perks associated with being a minister and member of a governing party, has no prospect of promotion to cabinet and now has given up severance pay).
This, as far as I'm concerned is yet another example of how this woman is on of the most principled politicians in this country. A true, dignified public servant. Shame on Gilmore for not standing by her. She is far more representative of labour and its grassroots than he will ever be.