Monday 25 September 2017

Cartridge costs dominate constituency conversation but opinion is divided

Sinn Fein TD Aengus O'Snodaigh says he is not a freeloader and will pay back the money he spent on ink cartridges
Sinn Fein TD Aengus O'Snodaigh says he is not a freeloader and will pay back the money he spent on ink cartridges
Aengus O Snodaigh
Sinn Fein Justice Spokesperson Aengus O Snodaigh,TD who launched a set of proposals to deal with serious crime ahead of the debate on the Criminal Justice Amendment Bill which will be debated in the Dail to-day (Fri) talkint to the media at Leinster House yesterday.Pic Tom Burke 2/7/09
Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

In Aengus O Snodaigh's constituency last night supporters and detractors were united on only one thing -- €50,000 would get you a lot of ink cartridges.

Local residents and workers who spoke to the Irish Independent in Dublin South-Central were deeply divided on the issue of the TD's use of complimentary cartridges from Dail supplies.

Local woman Rosemary Keating was harsh in her criticism. "I think it's absolutely disgraceful. Actually, I do think it's disgusting," she said.

Old-age pensioner Christina Byrne compared the fact that people in her situation could hardly live on a basic pension with the value of the toner taken by the TD. "It does seem to be an awful lot," she said.

But a local business owner, whose shop is located near the TD's consistency office, defended Mr O Snodaigh.

"We get an update almost every week from him and he delivers it here himself. It's very helpful.

However, in other parts of the constituency the condemnation was almost universal.

Donna Farrell, in Kilmainham, said Mr O Snodaigh's leafleting was "outrageous".

"Who does he think he is? In this day and age they should pay for it themselves, they're paid well enough," she added.

Irish Independent

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