Doherty says gap between minimum wage and living wage must be breached

A Donegal Deputy has raised serious concerns about the gap between the minimum wage and the living wage, particularly in the public sector.

The minimum wage is currently set at €9.25 an hour, although that is to go up by 30 cent to €9.55 in January following a recommendation by the Low Pay Commission.

Even after the increase, the living wage will still be almost €2 higher.

In exchanges with Finance Deputy Pearse Doherty, the Sinn Fein Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty said he believes that minimum wage can be increased further.

MInister Donohoe said there are already wage agreements covering these issues.........