Pat the Cope still silent on pension decision

MEP Pat the Cope Gallagher remains the so called last man standing having yet to confirm if he is to give up his ministerial pension.

It's two weeks since the former Donegal South West Deputy indicated that he was due to announce his decision, but to date he has yet to express his intentions.

Last week the other two men who had so far refused to give up their ministerial pensions, namely Deputies James McDaid and Frank Fahy, confirmed they either were or are going to donate theirs to charity.

However so far Pat the Cope Gallagher has yet to state his intention.

He has sought clarification from the Department of Finance which he says will enable him to make up his mind.

However Mr Gallagher says he has yet to make a decision as the unknown information he has sought has so far not been forthcoming.

The Ministerial pension is worth 23,000 euro per year.