The Mayor of South Dublin, Sinn Féin Councillor Fintan Warfield has today announced a 10% cut to his Mayoral salary.
The money will be taken at source and diverted to three organisations, each within the priority areas set out by Mayor Warfield when taking office in June 2014.
Mayor Warfield said;
“Ireland has a growing gap between the haves and have-nots. In an attempt to highlight excessive wages in the political establishment, I’m taking a pay cut of 10% to my €30,000 Mayoral salary.
“The Taoiseach is four times better off than a couple with an income of €35,000. People are tired of a system where those in power gain personally while society struggles to make ends meet.”
Speaking about the three organisations that will benefit from the fund, Warfield said;
“When taking office in June, I pledged to focus on those in society who have been left out or left behind. I wanted to be a campaigning mayor – campaigning for change, for inclusion and for equality.
Mayor Warfield set out three main priorities in June:
“I want to highlight the ongoing housing and homeless crisis in our county, to promote LGBT rights, marriage equality and inclusive workplaces and to promote practical solutions to the youth unemployment crisis.”
“Over the course of my first six months in office, I have come into contact with courageous organisations in each of my key priority areas. It is my wish that through a €1,000 donation to each of the three groups, I can help make a small difference in their daily operation.”
The three groups are:
Saoirse Women’s Refuge, Tallaght.
BeLonG To – Irelands national organisation for LGBT young people.
Citywise, Jobstown – providing young people with after-school and out-of-school educational support.