Pressure mounts on ‘The Cope’ and Dr McDaid to forego ministerial pensions

The opposition's set to keep the pressure on the Taoiseach this morning, with five politicians still holding out on their ministerial pensions.

They want Brian Cowen to follow the example of the Fine Gael leader and announce that all of those still embroiled in the double payment controversy will cave in to pressure.

Fionnan Sheahan of the Irish Independent says it's a complex position for the Taoiseach:

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Two of the remaining five 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.

Local Councillor Mick Quinn, says it's only moral that the two give up their ministerial pensions.

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