From the Irish Independent (20 No. 2010) – The German dentist who saved for three years to go on a camping holiday:
The facts tell us that Ireland is broke — but most of the bureaucrats coming to Dublin will still be paid far less than their Irish counterparts who are so busy diluting our national sovereignty still further in return for a few shekels…
We have a public bus system that is overpriced but hardly works, schools where teachers have to squeeze between tables as they tend to the huge number of students squashed into the classroom or nursing homes where the elderly are ignored and mistreated…
From the same issue – Achtung! Have you seen the size of the Irish salaries?:
German hospital consultants, for instance, earn an average of €6,400 a month; significantly less than half what their Irish counterparts are paid.
Some 20 years ago, a Germany hospital’s average monthly salary was €8,780, which means that German doctors have seen their salaries halve when adjusted for inflation.
Many other well-paid professions have also seen their salaries fall. Company bosses, for example, earn an average of €3,840 a month in Germany, compared with €4,920 back in 1990…
This hasn’t gone unnoticed in Germany where one German MP expressed amazement last year at the salaries paid to our politicians and senior civil servants.
German parliamentarian Hans Joachim Fuchtel noted he was paid €92,000 to represent 280,000 people in Germany’s Black Forest region while TDs here get more than €100,000 to represent 25,000 people each.
Mr Fuchtel is also limited to claiming a maximum of €44,400 in taxable expenses every year, whereas our TDs claim about €67,000 each.
These pay imbalances go all along the line with Chancellor Angela Merkel earning €250,000 or €7,024 less than Brian Cowen’s salary before the pension levy.