Junior Minister’s pay hike for advisor ‘beggars belief’

A Donegal Sinn Fein TD has said it ‘beggars belief’ that a Junior Minister landed a €13,000 pay rise for one of her staff.

Mary Mitchell O Connors two press advisers earn almost €200,000 a year between them.

And it was revealed yesterday that the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation lobbied the Department of Public Expenditure in order to secure a pay rise for one of her advisers, despite them already earning €82,000 a year.

Deputy Pearse Doherty says Minister Mitchell O’Connor and the Government have questions to answer: