According to the Irish Examiner "Several former ministers who are entitled to severance payments have claimed the allowance, despite still being members of the Dáil".
Just four ex-ministers refuse to take payout | Irish Examiner
The article cliams that they include "five Fianna Fáil TDs such as the current chairman of the Dáil’s public spending watchdog, John McGuinness, who has received €61,318 in severance payments since 2011.
The others are Dara Calleary, (€53,708); Michael Kitt, (€37,474); Billy Kelleher (€20,972); and Willie O’Dea (€8,064).
Labour TD Willie Penrose, who resigned as housing minister in Nov 2011, has claimed €28,240 in severance payments to date. "
And some politicians have the brass neck to say that they are exercising "moral pressure" on bankers to return some of their pension money.!