Pat the Cope labeled ‘last man standing’ in pension controversy

North West MEP Pat the Cope Gallagher has still yet to confirm if he is to give up his ministerial pension.

The former Donegal South West Deputy is now being billed as the  'last man standing' after Deputy James McDaid and Galway East TD Noel Tracey said they have or will be donating theirs to charity.

Pat the Cope Gallagher is the last Fianna Fail politician who has, so far, declined to either give up the pension or donate it to charity.

Mr Gallagher, who gets 23,600 euro per year, yesterday said he wanted clarification from the finance department before making his decision, what that clarification is (is) not know.

In his defence Mr Gallagher said he had already taken a pay cut of 35,000 euro per year when he moved from the Dail to the European Parliament last June.

Pat the Cope Gallagher was unavailable for comments when contacted by Highland Radio this morning.