SOME retired Louth TDs are enjoying annual pensions that would nearly match the salaries they earned when they in the Dail.
The Irish Independent has revealed what pensions are being paid out to retired TDs. The paper’s political correspondent Fiach Kelly has given details of “who gets what in the pensions gravy train”.
In genera,l former politicians are enjoying annual pensions above the average industrial wage.
Two former Mid-Louth deputies from the 1980s, Padraig Faulkner and Eddie Filgate are in receipt of pensions.
Padraig Faulkner is on €102,565 and Eddie Filgate is on e22,543 euro. Both of them represented Louth in the late ‘70s and ‘80s.
Padraig Faulkner was first elected as a Fianna Fail deputy to the Dail in 1957.
He was Minister of Lands and Gaeltacht from ‘65 to ‘68. Minister for Education from ‘69 to ‘73.
He became Minister for Transport and Power after the Fianna Fail landslide of ‘77 when the party was elected after abolishing household rates and car tax. And he was Ceann Comhairle from ‘79 to ‘81.
Eddie Filgate was also a highly popular Fianna Fail deputy. He was first elected to the Dail in 1977. He was offered a junior ministry in the early ‘80s by Charlie Haughey but turned it down. Other retired Louth deputies are Dermot Ahern who has an annual pension of e119,965; Fine Gael’s Brendan McGahon, e51,933; and Sinn Fein’s Arthur Morgan, e21,542.