Former Tanaiste Joan Burton calls for full restoration of Christmas Bonus for those on welfare, while upholding the massive wage increases for politicians – TheLiberal.ie – Our News, Your Views

Former Tanaiste Joan Burton calls for full restoration of Christmas Bonus for those on welfare, while upholding the massive wage increases for politicians




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Former Tanaiste and Labour leader Joan Burton called for the ‘full restoration’ of the Christmas bonus for those on social welfare.

The payment was abolished by Fianna Fáil in 2009, but partially restored last year.

And with the same breath, she defended the obscene increases in politicians’ wages, saying: The alternative is to go back to the old system, which was worse.”

“If you recall, when Bertie Ahern was taoiseach, there were special advisory groups who advised on salaries for TDs and ministers, or Charlie McCreevy often made decisions himself, and that is what drove a lot of increases.

“Now TDs and ministers are on a civil service rate for the job.”

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