Lead by example
• Much attention has focused on the Government's decision to breach its own cap in the case of ministerial advisers no less than 14 times.
There is a plethora of advisers, programme managers, drivers and aides recruited to discretionary roles and paid from central funds, many of whom were previously employed by the political parties to undertake similar duties.
Last year, taxpayers provided Fine Gael and the Labour Party with a total of €4,409,198 in parliamentary leaders' allowances. Both government parties, Sinn Fein and Independents will qualify for even larger parliamentary leaders' allowances this year having won a significant number of additional seats in the recent general election.