More than 1,000 employees at Ireland’s seven universities and the Dublin Institute of Technology are earning salaries of more than €100,000 ( $142,800) according to a report in the Sunday Times.

Documents released under the Freedom of Information Act show that just over 1,000 academics from these educational institutions took home six figure salaries.

According to the report Ireland’s highest paid University employee is University College Dublin (UCD) Vice President for research Des Fitzgerald who earns over €263,000 ($375, 564).

A spokesperson for UCD told the newspaper that 40 percent of its income is not reliant on public funds.
Last November the Irish Times revealed that over 75 percent of Ireland’s billion euro education budget was absorbed by pay and pensions.

The news comes after the announcement by Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin last week that a cap of €200,000 ($285,000) will be applicable to public service jobs.


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