Wednesday 20 September 2017

John Drennan: Sipping bubbly in clubs a far cry from austere iron age

The Age of Indulgence

John Drennan

John Drennan

It is now commonly believed in this age of austerity that high living and modesty in political life is a good thing. Happily when it came to the era of the Celtic Tiger, the political class certainly lived up to Charlie McCreevy's political philosophy of "if I have it I spend it".

Truly, for politicians the Celtic Tiger era was the age of excess where five years in the Dail even for a humble backbencher was worth €1m.

Indeed one of the saddest points at the beginning of the cutbacks was the moment when a rural TD informed the Sunday Independent that he had lost 10 per cent of what he used to get in expenses.

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