DUBLIN, Ireland (AP) – Prime Minister Bertie Ahern gave himself a hefty pay increase Thursday, putting his salary higher than both President Bush and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
Ahern, Ireland’s leader since 1997, will see his annual salary rise 14 percent to $444,000 _ more than Bush ($400,000), Brown ($387,000) and a host of other European leaders.

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