Wednesday 28 September 2016

Sitting TDs have 'unfair advantage'

Published 31/01/2016 | 02:30

Kate O'Connell. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Kate O'Connell. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Fine Gael councillor Kate O'Connell, above, has questioned where some candidates are getting the money to pay for their campaigns - claiming that some sitting TDs are 'churning' out glossy newsletters for distribution across their constituency at the expense of the taxpayer.

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Her comments come as Fine Gael plans to provide extra resources for candidates it believes are capturing public support ahead of the General Election.

Ms O'Connell said: "You'd have to question where some candidates get the money to pay for posters and offices and [other parts of their campaign]. Sitting TDs seem to have no problem using Dáil facilities to churn out four-page glossy newsletters. For someone like me to do that it would cost in the region of €3,000, and that's not even considering distribution costs.

"Sitting TDs have an unfair advantage. Stamps are 70c each and there's almost 70,000 voters in my constituency so if I was to send a letter out to all of those it would cost me €50,000."

Ms O'Connell also welcomed the new initiative for extra resources.

Sunday Independent

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