Fianna Fáil TD for Roscommon/Galway Eugene Murphy has said that Ireland is losing out as many highly educated teachers are being forced abroad due to the “gross inequality” of teachers’ pay in this country.
Deputy Murphy was speaking during Fianna Fáil’s motion on teacher shortages during Private Members Business in the Dáil this week.
Deputy Murphy said that “unequal pay in the teaching profession must end”.
He commented: “Those who began teaching in 2012 will earn over €100,000 less over a 40-year career than people who began prior to 2011. To date, a teacher who entered the profession in 2012 has lost out to the tune of almost €30,000. That would be a nice deposit if some of those young teachers wanted to build houses. The current position is grossly unfair and the Minister knows it,” said Deputy Murphy.