Bertie Ahern was doorstepped asbout this today and was totally unrepentant.
Pay rise was wholly justified was this theme.
In his eyes, the only thing that was jarring was the fact that it was seven years and that made it seem big in the eyes of the public. So in future, he would like to see it every three years so the increases won't be seen to be too gargantuan.
By the way, he forgot to mention that there was an interim award of 7.5% two years ago.
Or that if the Dept of Finance hadn't insisted on a reduction in pay award because of gold-plated pension, his increase would have havee 30% or over E70,000.
Oh and he threw in a Bertieism for good measure. When asked would he defer it, he said no, explaining it in these terms:
"They're really only playing smokes and daggers with it."
This isn't a conventional pay rise by the way.
This is a review by mostly wealthy business people that determines whether our public fat cats are keeping pace with the private sector fat cats.
The fact is that in a period of a decade Bertie Ahern's salary has increased by 133%.
That is a fact.
Greed, after all, is good.