By Aine Kerr Political Correspondent
Saturday December 18 2010
Noel Dempsey risks being best remembered for his gaffes, U-turns and back- pedalling.
For others, the fact that the minister was abroad in sunny Malta while we endured an unprecedented snow crisis last January, will trigger deeper feelings of anger.
It amounted to a PR disaster for a minister who had already endured many controversies.
The minister was always ambitious in action, policy and rhetoric. Often, however, the articulation of those plans was perceived by colleagues and rivals as “solo runs”.
Inevitably, some of his ambitious plans had to be tweaked, changed or just simply reversed.
Hence the phrase ‘U-turn’ has often screamed out from the front pages with Mr Dempsey’s name in the same sentence.
U-turns have followed on the dual mandate, third-level fees, sanctions on provisional drivers and the tale of who knew what on the Aer Lingus Shannon-Heathrow fiasco.
But to his credit, he has been one of the busiest ministers to ever take hold of the Department of Transport and has effectively ended rampant drink-driving.
Despite the attacks, the minister stubbornly ploughed on with his master plan and managed to get the limit reduced from 80mg to 50mg.
And one of the longest lingering controversies for Mr Dempsey remains the question of the €51m waste of taxpayers’ money on the defunct e-voting machines which were first mooted by Mr Dempsey when he was Communications Minister.
Despite the years of controversy, Mr Dempsey has earned a reputation as a determined, hard-working and forthright individual.
The phrase most commonly used by his colleagues to describe him is “straight-talking”.
– Aine Kerr Political Correspondent
By Fiach Kelly Political Correspondent
Saturday December 18 2010
TRANSPORT Minister Noel Dempsey will be able to retire with a total package worth €313,000 — and his annual pension will be worth more than he would have earned if he returned to the Dail as a backbench opposition TD.
Mr Dempsey (57) and Justice Minister Dermot Ahern, who said he would retire earlier this month, were elected to the Dail in 1987 and both have been in Cabinet for 13 years.
They have similar pension claims, but their payouts will be slightly reduced from what they previously could have expected.
Cuts to public sector pensions announced in last month’s Budget means they will lose about €9,200 per year.
The total package is worth €313,100 to Mr Dempsey over the next year.
He would have received around €322,300 if he retired before the Budget.
Mr Dempsey, who will also draw down another pension from his years as a teacher, once he hits his mid 60s, yesterday denied retiring because of the pensions, which he acknowledged were generous.
“My family would know that a long time ago I said the election nearest my 55th birthday, I would seriously consider whether I was going to go on after that,” he said.
“If things hadn’t gone the way they have gone over the last two or three years, this decision would have been made probably about 18 months ago.”
The breakdown of his payments includes an annual ministerial pension of about €69,200 and a TD’s pension of around €50,600 per year.
Mr Dempsey will enjoy a pension lump sum of around €160,000; a termination lump sum of around €17,000 and a year of monthly termination payments from the Oireachtas worth another €66,900.
The €50,600 TD’s pension only kicks in once the monthly termination payments, paid the year immediately after retirement, have stopped.
He will also get additional payments for serving as chief whip in Albert Reynolds‘s government in the early 1990s.
Mr Dempsey’s annual pension of around €119,800 will be worth almost €30,000 more than the basic €92,672 a TD in the next Dail could expect.
– Fiach Kelly Political Correspondent
Has left a trial of destruction behind him in any other business he would have been fires a long time ago instead he was in the inner circle of Fianna Fail he survived to cause yet more pain on the Irish taxpayers and now that he wants to run off with his “Entitlements “ILL gotten gains) pensions and perks we the taxpayers are going to still pay for this gombeens incompetence long into the future
Unless you the voters will vote in new honest people that are not in the inner circles and who will remove these ill gotten gains from all of the political leaches that have been sucking the Taxpayers of this country dry for the last 30 years
I say he should only get the average pension every other citizen gets and no added perks once out of the Dail he should stay out full stop!
from the Politics.ie
Not content with wasting many millions in taxpayers money and being a member of a government that has sold the country in an act of treason, Minister Dempsey is building a massive new home in Trim.
There is a photo of it in todays Star newspaper, which sadly is not online so I cant post it here. From what I saw in the paper, its certainly a large house. Normally when a families offspring flee the nest people tend to trade down to a smaller house, but not Minister Dempsey.
The word on the street in Trim is that the locals are not impressed.
Lets hope he has the sense to build some tall walls around it, because soon he will no longer be a minister or TD.source http://www.politics.ie/fianna-fail/144397-noel-dempseys-new-mansion.html
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