Michael Brennan: Promise to 'share the pain' not kept
IN the run-up to the Budget there were lots of promises that politicians would "share the pain". But Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin instead announced minor cuts, such as halving the allocation of free Oireachtas envelopes, the receipting of all constituency office expenses and a 10pc cut to the allowance paid to party leaders and Independent TDs.
Although no figures were provided, a rough calculation suggests these changes could save €3m per year at best.
But there was no reference to how much of a budget would be provided for running the Dail and Seanad.