Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte has said that it is "ridiculous" for board members of semi-state bodies to persist in implementing pay packages that "aren't in the wildest dreams" of the average worker.
Minister Rabbitte made the comments following the decision by the DAA chief Declan Collier to forego his €106,000 bonus for 2010.
The decision was made following Government pressure.
Minister Rabbitte said that there are rules set out by the Government about limits on remuneration packages for people in semi-state bodies.
"It should follow as night follows day that in circumstances where people on average incomes have been taking severe hits in the public and private sector, and in the private sector many of them losing their jobs, then it is ridiculous to persist in the design and implementation of remuneration packages that are just simply beyond the wildest dreams of the majority of the workforce," said Minister Rabbitte.