John Drennan: Sipping bubbly in clubs a far cry from austere iron age
The Age of Indulgence
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.