A new pay agreement for public servants could result in a rise in TDs’ pay to approximately €120,000 per annum. Currently standing at €108,987, TDs’ annual salaries are linked to those of civil servants, making them eligible for wage increases until 2026, pending ratification of the agreement.
It remains uncertain whether cabinet members will accept the proposed pay hikes. Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe increased his initial offer to unions, leading to a newly-brokered €3.6bn agreement. This deal will provide a total increase of 10.25% over two and a half years for the country’s 385,000 public servants.
While Donohoe expressed disappointment at unions rejecting his initial 8.5% offer, he suggested that inflation may have peaked. The proposed wage agreement is expected to impact various public servants differently. For instance, a staff nurse at the fifth incremental point of their pay scale, earning €39,813 basic pay, could see an increase to approximately €44,213.
Gardaí on the top point of the pay scale, currently earning around €55,000 in basic pay, might experience a rise of over €5,000. Basic pay excludes additional earnings like allowances and overtime, but some allowances may increase in line with pay raises.
Under the proposed 9.5% pay rises, excluding a 1% local bargaining increase, a TD’s basic pay could reach approximately €119,466. The document outlining the pay deal indicates commitments benefiting various staff groups, including Labour Court recommendations for nurses, midwives, medical laboratory scientists, and chief officers.
If the deal is approved, former politicians and retired public servants with pensions linked to public sector pay would also reap the benefits. The agreement also outlines commitments for retained firefighters and extends an environmental allowance for prison officers in Portlaoise to teaching staff.