Donegal Deputy Dinny McGinley has declared he is gifting his teacher's pension to the State – after making an election promise to give it up.
The Fine Gael Junior Minister served as principal in Bunbeg National School before he was elected to the Dail in 1982.
He pledged to give up his teacher's pension during the general election campaign two years ago.
When contacted by the Irish Independent, a spokeswoman for Mr McGinley
said he was gifting his pension back to the State.
But for the past two years, Mr McGinley has confirmed in his official Dail declaration that he was getting his teacher's pension from the Department of Education.
According to the paper, It was not possible to establish last night when Mr
McGinley made his decision to gift back his pension to the State and whether he would resume receiving it when he retired from politics.
Mr McGinley has ministerial responsibility for the Gaeltacht and receives an annual salary of €130,000.