Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath has confirmed that he will not be accepting a pay rise that would be due to him under the pay restoration process in the public service.

As the Financial Emergency "FEMPI" austerity measures are unwound, higher earners in the public service on less than €150,000, including TDs, are due to receive a 2% increase by 1 July at the latest.

This would bring them back to 2008 pay levels.

However, those who receive the July increase will not be eligible to receive the first 1% pay rise due under the new public service deal "Building Momentum", which was formally ratified by the majority of public service unions today.

The increase will bring a TD's basic pay from €98,113 to €100,191, while senators will see their pay increase to €70,134.

A number of opposition politicians have criticised the timing of the pay rises for politicians, at a time when so many people are laid off or unemployed, and businesses are struggling for survival.

Some TDs, including Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald, have already refused to accept the increase.

Minister McGrath said today that he would not be accepting the rise and expects his colleagues in Government to adopt the same position.

Legislation precludes the Taoiseach, Tánaiste and ministers from benefiting from the unwinding of pay cuts until the end of next year.