John Drennan: Fianna Fail is still milking the taxpayer
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.