Scandal of pensions for backbenchers
Published 28/12/2011 | 05:00
BACKBENCH members of the Dail and Seanad did not cover themselves in glory during the recent parliamentary terms in which they served.
Like most of their predecessors, they ran errands for their constituents and made little effort to fulfil their primary duties of scrutinising legislation and holding governments to account.
What chiefly distinguishes them from those who sat on the government and opposition front benches is, quite simply, failure to achieve any promotion.