The number of staff earning over €100,000 in remuneration at the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) and the National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA) went up by four to 265 last year.

New figures provided by the NTMA in response to a Freedom of Information request show that there were 99 employees at NAMA on remuneration over €100,000 with 166 in that earning bracket at the NTMA.

According to figures provided by the NTMA FOI unit, one person at the NTMA was earning over €400,000 in 2019 with one individual at NAMA in the same earning bracket.

The most recent accounts for the NTMA show that chief executive Conor O'Kelly received salary and taxable benefits of €485,000 in 2018 and chief executive of NAMA Brendan McDonagh received remuneration in 2018 of €435,015 made up of salary of €413,377 and taxable benefits of €21,638.

In the FOI response, it shows that there are three staff at the NTMA earning between €350,000 and €400,000.

The NTMA also covers staff employed by the State Claims Agency (SCA), NewERA, the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund and the National Development Finance Agency.

The figures also cover NTMA staff assigned to the Shareholder Management Unit (SMU), the Strategic Bank Corporation of Ireland (SBCI) and House Building Finance Ireland (HBFI).

The figures show one other staff person at the NTMA earned between €300,000 and €350,000.

The FOI response revealed that six staff members at the NTMA were on remuneration between €250,000 and €300,000 with zero at the NAMA in the same earning bracket.

A further 15 staff – 11 at the NTMA and four at NAMA – were in the earning bracket between €200,000 and €250,000.

The FOI figures show that there were 94 staff at NAMA earning between €100,000 and €200,000 last year with 144 NTMA staff in the same earning bracket.

Total remuneration includes base salary and any taxable benefits paid.

Numbers employed by the NTMA last year increased from 556 to 575 while the numbers employed at NAMA reduced from 238 to 211.