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Ireland South Candidate Takes Shot at EU Commissioner
As it stands Phil Hogan gets paid well over €300,000 a year, as well as expenses. He has a basic monthly salary of €20,832, a “residence allowance” of 15% of his basic salary – which is €37,498, a one-off “installation allowance” of two months’ basic salary equating to €41,665.08 and a monthly “representation allowance” of €7,292 a year.
Ms Wallace said this is an obscene amount of money, she added, ‘when I worked in the hospitality industry I wouldn’t make Phil Hogan’s monthly salary in a whole year! You need just look at the fight nurses recently had to go through to get any bit of a fair wage to realise this is a tale of two worlds. How can these people be expected to be a voice for the ordinary people? They have no idea what it’s like to struggle as a result of the austerity they impose. I am fighting the European elections to be a voice for workers and fairness – but also to call “The Suits” out on their elitist behaviour that comes out of our pockets.’
Ms. Wallace added that she will only be taking the industrial wage if elected.
Ms. Wallace said that the time for change is now, she explained that ‘the Ireland South constituency was awarded an extra seat in the European elections – why would we hand this over to the same old parties? We know what they stand for, and often that is at odds with the interests of the many. At 28 years old I think it is time to pave the way for young people in politics and create a space for something new and progressive. Ireland South has the opportunity to make a change- I’m hopeful the people will take it’.
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