The cost in 2009 of paying 166 TDs including secretarial assistance, travel expenses and other allowances was €44.7m
Cutting 66 TDs or 40% of total would save... €17.8m
Average basic salary cost for TDs in 2009 was €107,831
Capping salary at €80,000 for remaining 100 TDs would release savings of €27,831 x 100, which adds up to... €2.8m
The cost in 2009 of salaries, secretarial assistance, travel, allowances of the Seanad was €9.4m.
Total pay costs for the 145 Supreme, High, Circuit and District Court judges in 2009 was €27.6m, or an average of €190,236. Actual pay ranges from €143,800 for a District Court judge to €252,722 for a High Court judge, while the Chief Justice was paid €304,974.
Cutting all judges' pay to €100,000 would release savings of €90,236 x 145.
There are 28 commercial semi states including 10 companies operating our ports. Each is headed up by a chief executive whose salary is ultimately under the control of the state, though the salary of other senior managers is not. Finance minister Brian Lenihan is currently reviewing the pay of the state bosses while economist Colm McCarthy is assessing the possibility of the state selling off some semi-states such as Bord Gáis in order to boost the exchequer funds.
The top paid semi-state boss is the ESB's Padraig McManus who last year was paid a package of over €750,000 including a €104,000 bonus for completing his seven-year contract as CEO. Declan Collier of the Dublin Airport Authority received €568,000 and Donal Connell of An Post was paid a €500,000 package. Lower down, the CEO of Bord na gCon and Horse Racing Ireland would not be paid that much more than the €150,000 cut off.
Total estimated cost of 95 agencies for this year is €5,174.3m. However, the larger spending agencies effectively act as grant distributors for the government and even if they were abolished the grants would still have to be disbursed.
For example, the Higher Education Authority will cost close to €1.3bn in 2010 but the vast majority of this was used to fund colleges, universities, etc, which would still require funding should the HEA be abolished.
Therefore, extracting all the funding/grants, etc, from the cost of agencies, which totals €4,247.8m, effective savings from abolishing the quangos would total €926.5m.
There are currently 18 secretaries-general or heads of department – one in each of the 15 departments and an additional three in Finance. Salaries range from €188,640 for most with the secretary-general in the Department of the Taoiseach and Finance (overall head) on €220,000.
Current pay cost is €3,458,240. Capped at €150,000 the pay cost would be €2,700,000.
Based on a rough estimate, 4% of the 277,500 public servants, or 11,100, are paid in excess of €100k with the top salary being €168,000 paid to deputy secretaries, directors, advisers etc. (Exceptions are hospital consultants on €240,000.)
Estimating that the average salary in excess of €100k is €44,000 (two thirds of the difference) then savings from capping all public servants' salaries at €100,000 would be 11,100 x €44,000.
Average weekly earnings for all workers, according to the CSO's latest statistics, are €690.48, while average weekly earnings in the public sector are €904.79 (excluding the 7% pension levy introduced in March 2009). To reduce public sector wages to the average wage across the country would thus require a cut of 23.7% or 16.7% if you take account of the pension levy.
Given a public sector pay bill (excluding pension bill) of €15.1bn in 2010 savings from a cut of 16.7% would be €2.521bn.
Public service pension bill in 2010 is €2.2bn and is increasing at a far faster rate than the pay bill for serving public servants.
The total amount of pension and severance payments paid last year to former presidents, taoisigh, judges and ministers was €11.1m.
Many of these people are still working. Former minister Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, for example, is Ireland's EU Commissioner. Former taoiseach Garret Fitzgerald writes a weekly column in The Irish Times. Bertie Ahern controversially sits on a number of international boards and recently appeared in a cupboard to promote his newspaper column. Former agriculture minister Ivan Yates continues to claim his pension while hosting a radio show on Newstalk, and also owns a bookmaking firm.
This year, the government will spend €53m on outside consultants, not including the €31m spent on advice on the banking crisis.
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