Martina Devlin: We're left out of pocket by TDs' moral bankruptcy
THIS is a tale of two Irelands -- a tale of an aristocracy and the huddled masses. Despite proclaiming ourselves a republic, we live in an unequal society with kingpins among us. They are not patricians, except in their inflated sense of entitlement -- they are our own people.
This upper crust claims to have our best interests at heart. Yet as they sail the storm- battered ship of state, they continue to insist on first-class privileges.
Last week's four-year plan highlighted an 11.5pc cut in the minimum wage, while people are braced for the bleakest Budget in decades next week. This week we learn that Dermot Ahern, a senior government figure spanning the boom and bust, will walk away from the disaster he helped to cause with a pension of €129,000 a year for life.