McDaid will not give up pension, “The Cope” wants a few days to decide

Pressure is mounting on Donegal North East TD Dr James McDaid and NorthWest MEP Pat "the Cope" Gallagher to give up their ministerial pensions.

Just three TD's and two MEPs haven't given up their pension, after an avalanche of announcements, sparked by the decision from EU Commissioner Maire Geoghegan Quinn on Monday.

Dr McDaid is refusing the hand over his ministerial pension - saying its a matter of principle.

He says the furore over the pensions issue is a media driven "witchhunt" which has seen a week of "whipping TD's into place".

And he won't conceed as a matter of principle.

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Meanwhile, speaking on todays Shaun Doherty show, Pat "the cope" Gallagher says he'll make a decision in relation to the ministerial pension, during the next few days.

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