I was wondering if your party would hold a position on whether TD's salaries should be index linked to Government revenue i.e. if gov revenue was to increase it would lead to an increase in TD's salaries however if gov revenue fell then salaries would fall too. This could be linked to a specific revenue source e.g. income tax receipts.
This would help avoid any grand standing on the level of TD's salaries and also avoid it being used as a political football, as good returns would see rewards and poor returns would see a fall on pay.
I would be interested to know what you think
Question from Paul corcoran Thu, 11/10/2012 - 17:00
Dear Minister Higgins.
I was wondering where does the Irish Mint and our European partners source their metals used to produce the European coins. I'm not able to find out what metals are used and this may be to prevent counterfeit copies being made. I am of the understanding that they are composed of Nickel and copper alloys. Can the you ask the relevant department in Finance the composition of the metals used in the Euro coins and where the Irish mint sources these metals from? Do the mines used to source these metals have proper health and safety standards and fair employment practices. I ask this question in light of the news recently about the practices of the mining companies in South Africa. I'm of the understanding that some metals used are sourced from this region also but I may be corrected on this.