Tuesday 6 December 2016

Notebook: A look at the week that was

Published 07/08/2016 | 02:30

FASHION FOIBLES: Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew’s two daughters, Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice. Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse
FASHION FOIBLES: Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew’s two daughters, Princesses Eugenie and Beatrice. Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images for Ascot Racecourse

Did you feel all charitable and warm inside last week when you read about the amounts that the public purse shells out in pension payments to our ex-politicians?

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If, like me, you have either no pension or a miserably reduced one to look forward to in your old age, then I'm sure the sight of the eye-popping sums our taxes are paying for gladdened your heart.

But spare a thought for poor Michael McDowell, who says that his pension stopped on the day he was elected to the Seanad and that he "lost out on about €30,000". Or at least he would have if it weren't for the fact that generous-hearted Michael had previously donated his pension to charity.

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