The Public Expenditure Minister has said that he is legally barred from making any more cuts to politicians' pensions.
Brendan Howlin was speaking as he released details of the pensions paid to former ministers.
The figures reveal Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen are both receiving over €80,000 in ministerial pensions, after they have paid the pension levy, and not including separate pensions they get from the Dáil.
Minister Howlin stated that the public needs to accept that people with high-responsibility jobs need to be paid accordingly.
"We should not exclusively look at people who are in politics and exclude senior administrators, judges, the gardaí and senior academics," said Minister Howlin.
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"If we are going to have really quality people working in the public sphere I think we need to acknowledge that we are going to have to pay a reasonable rate for these jobs," said the Minister.