Provost volunteers €1,500 pay cut

Provost Patrick Prendergast has volunteered for a €1,500 pay cut, reducing his salary from €201,492 to €200,000.

He is the only high-earner to agree to Education Minister Ruairí Quinns’s suggested pay cut out of eight university employees receiving over €200,000 a year.

While two out of the eight have rejected Quinn’s recommendation outright, five have yet to decide. Among these is UCC President Michael Murphy, who at €232,000 is the highest paid academic in Ireland.

A Trinity spokesperson commented: “In the case of the Provost, I can confirm that he has taken a voluntary reduction – his salary of €201,492 has been reduced to €200,000.”