Pay of Members of the Oireachtas & Certain Ministerial & Parliamentary Officeholders
Significant reductions were applied to the pay of Oireachtas Members and certain Officeholders through a number of measures since 2009, the last of which was under the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest (FEMPI) Act 2013, which came into effect on 1 July 2013. The effect of those reductions was that the gross annual salary of the Taoiseach was reduced by more than 35%, and that of the Tánaiste and Ministers by more than 30%. The rates subsequently increased on 1 April 2017 under the restoration provisions of the FEMPI Act 2015, on 1 January 2018 under a combination of the FEMPI Act 2015 and the Public Service Pay & Pensions (PSPP) Act 2017, on 1 April 2018 (for Dáil Officeholders only) under the FEMPI Act 2015, and on 1 October 2018 under the PSPP Act 2017. However, members of the Government and Ministers of State are forgoing all increases by way of voluntary waivers. The following table sets out the rates applicable from 1 September 2008 to date. It should be noted that Officeholders are paid a salary as a TD/Senator plus an additional salary in respect of the specific Office held, as reflected in the table.