John Drennan: Fianna Fail is still milking the taxpayer
Published 03/07/2011 | 05:00
FIANNA Fail may have hit rock bottom in the polls but it is still top of the heap when it comes to the critical art of extracting taxpayer's cash.
A research document compiled by Independent TD Catherine Murphy as part of a petition to the Oireachtas Commission for equal parliamentary support facilities for Independent TDs has found that Fianna Fail cost the Exchequer more per TD in political-party funding and leader's party allowances than any other party.
A table compiled by Ms Murphy shows that Fianna Fail receives €121,083 in allowances for every TD, excluding wages. This is three times as much as Independent TDs receive under the much-maligned leaders allowance of €41,152.