Government to consider withdrawing pensions from corrupt politicians

Government to consider withdrawing pensions from corrupt politicians

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said today that the Government will consider denying pensions to politicians who are found to be corrupt.

The Cabinet is meeting tomorrow to consider the recommendations of the Mahon Tribunal report.

Junior Minister Joe Costello had suggested that the pensions of corrupt politicians could be stopped if there was a referendum to allow it.

"Well, I regret that anybody would be corrupt in politics in the first place," said Mr Kenny.

"It destroys and betrays the trust of people which is sacrosanct to public service and public life.

"These are all matters to be considered in the context of what the Mahon Tribunal has recommended, I've already said that.

"The Government will certainly consider what is practical to implement here."

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