Amnesty International members vote against cutting director's salary
Members of Amnesty International Ireland have unanimously voted down a motion to reduce the salary of its executive director.
The proposal was put forward by a member, Kieran O' Sullivan, who wanted Colm O'Gorman's salary reduced from €99,000 to €35,000 - in line with the average Amnesty worker.
The organisation is funded by its members and does not receive financial support from the State.
.@AmnestyIreland members elect our board, staff salaries publicly disclosed annually: accountability, transparency, democracy in action.— Colm O'Gorman (@Colmogorman) April 12, 2014
Speaking after the vote, Kieran O' Sullivan said he was disappointed by the outcome.
"People felt I was attacking Colm O'Gorman, which wasn't the case," he said.
"I was just basically making a point about the salary itself, not Colm O'Gorman, who is a very good director of Amnesty International.
"And the other one was people felt that they wouldn't be able to attract a good-calibre person to the role with that salary.
"That I disagree with, on the grounds that people are measured by their deeds not necessarily by their remuneration. The calibre of a person is not just how much they are paid."