Sinn Féin has confirmed that a review of salaries for its Oireachtas members is under way.
However, the move could backfire for the Gerry Adams-led party.
Currently, TDs take a salary in line with the €35,000 average industrial wage. Increases in their take-home salary could be signed off on by the party leadership as early as next month.
It would see Sinn Féin TDs holding on to more of their €87,000-a-year salary rather than pouring it back into local Sinn Féin office supports and party structures.
Recommendations from a review led by senior TDs and party officials were discussed at a Sinn Féin ard chomhairle meeting on July 23.
However, no decision has been taken on the pay policy review.
Party sources say that due to changes applied to pay for officials and elected representatives in the North, the structure of pay policy here was never going to last.
“It is no longer sustainable to have pay equality across the party,” said a source.
Furthermore, a number of Sinn Féin figures have in the past complained about the amount of money they are allowed retain.
Former Cork East TD Sandra McLellan had claimed she did not have enough money as a Sinn Féin TD for day-to-day living, including to pay for getting her hair done.
Others also complained about the pay cap.
A Sinn Féin spokesman yesterday confirmed the review is under way but that recommendations had yet to be determined.
The next ard chomhairle meeting is set for September.
Mary Lou McDonald, Pearse Doherty, and national chairman Declan Kearney are among those on the review committee.
However, moves to increase the take-home pay for Sinn Féin’s 23 TDs could backfire.
Other left-wing groups, including the AAA-PBP, also only take the average industrial wage and put the rest into local party resources. They may take advantage of any pay hike for Sinn Féin TDs and seek to attract their voters.
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