Whatever reductions in the salaries of TDs that might be envisaged by the political parties, two declared election candidates in Waterford have gone the whole hog and called for them to be cut to the average industrial wage.
Independent candidate, Councillor Joe Conway, and Sinn Fein candidate, Councillor David Cullinane, have both pledged that, if elected, the industrial wage is all they will personally accept.
“It is up to the incoming crop of Dail Deputies to give a proper lead towards national recovery and that would be a meaningful way of doing it,” declared Independent Waterford County Councillor Joe Conway, a retired school principal who is set to contest a Dail seat in the constituency.
“Standing at approximately €29,000 per annum, it is more than adequate payment for a job that entails attendance in parliament for a working week comprising just two half-days and one full day,” he said.