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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.

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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.

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