Updated: 17/10/16 : 12:09:08
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Health minister agrees that TDs should reject pay increase

The Health Minister Simon Harris has said he intends to turn down a Ä4,000 pay rise.

Government Ministers are set to reject the increase, which will otherwise kick in on April 1, at a cabinet meeting tomorrow.

Junior Health Minister Finian McGrath has said TDs need to "stop whinging" and also give up their Ä2,700 pay rise.

Minister Simon Harris agrees, but added TDs pay should stay linked to the Civil Service.

He said: "TDs being linked to civil service pay - going down when they go down and going up when they go up - largely serves the country well.

"Politicians setting their own pay - I donít think that's a good policy.

"I certainly have no intention of taking the increase."