Cope still considering ministerial pension issue

Pressure is mounting on the final 7 members of Fianna Fail drawing ministerial pensions and Oireachtas salaries.

This evening former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and Cavan/Monaghan TD Dr Rory O'Hanlon became the latest to surrender their pension entitlements.

All those in Fine Gael and Labour rescinded the double payments earlier today.

But the Taoiseach Brian Cowen said he would not be calling in members of his party and telling them to surrender the payment.

Two of the remaining seven pension recipients are not in the Dail, and Donegal North East TD Dr James Mc Daid is currently not in the Fianna Fail parliamentary party.

North West MEP Pat The Cope Gallagher says he's still considering what he'll do. He says his salary dropped from 126,000 euro to 91,000 euro when he rejoined the European Parliament.

He also says he could have opted to be paid from the exchequer, and been paid more, but chose not to do so...........

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