Switch focus of cuts to the Dail
Published 22/10/2010 | 05:00
IT is with some concern that I note all the political parties are concentrating on a four-year budget plan but are putting no proposals forward for reform of the Dail. An election is approaching fast and surely after the last few years of continuous expense revelations, large pension entitlements, and continuous mismanagement of our finances, Dail reform is essential. The following are some areas in need of consideration:
- Reduce the number of TDs by 50pc.
- Cut TDs pay to the equivalent of what MPs receive in the UK, ie £60,000 (€67,625).
- Abolish the Seanad.
- Reduce the Taoiseach's and ministers' pay to two-thirds of what their equivalent counterparts receive in the UK.
- Cut the President's salary by 50pc.
- Reduce expenses significantly across the board and pay them on a receipts-only basis.
- Make the retirement age of TDs the same as the rest of the country and pensions only to be received upon attaining that age.
- Pay for TDs' pensions from contributions from their salaries, not topping up by the State.
The list is endless. But all parties can be assured that the electorate are looking extremely closely at how they are paid and what they are doing for the large salaries; and that any party who puts forward similar reforms in their manifesto may find they acquire public support in an election.
killorglin, co kerry