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Coalition faces super junior ministers’ pay dilemma

Two out of three super juniors can receive a €16,000 salary top-up under legislation, and the government partners must decide who draws the short straw

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

12th July, 2020
Pippa Hackett, Minister of State for Agriculture

The coalition is facing a dilemma about which of its three “super junior” ministers qualify for a €16,000 salary top-up.

Under the current legislation, just two of the three “super junior” ministers can be paid the additional allowance of €16,000 on top of the regular minister of state salary of €135,000. This brings their total salary to around €151,000, putting them halfway towards the €175,000 salary of a cabinet minister.


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