Independent TD Mattie McGrath has urged Government backbenchers to support his call for cuts to pensions and lump sums for retiring politicians and public servants.

The Dáil was debating a motion from Mr McGrath and other members of the Technical Group on the matter.

It had called on the Government to stop paying "grossly overgenerous pensions and massive lump sums" to retiring Ministers, TDs, senior public servants, State regulators, members of the judiciary, and CEOs of semi-State bodies and State-funded banks.

Speaking to reporters this afternoon, Deputy McGrath said the Government could not continue to heap austerity on ordinary people without dealing with "ourselves and our protected species".

He said it was time to "take the bull by the horns" and urged Fine Gael and Labour TDs to back the motion.