Monday 16 January 2017

TDs' gravy train

Published 10/02/2012 | 05:00

The news that TDs have been paid another staggering amount in expenses -- about €6m -- should come as no surprise to an electorate that has become wearyingly accustomed to paying other people's bills.

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Not content with one of the largest pay packets among their peer groups in Europe, our TDs continue to utilise an obscene expenses regime which allows them to claim up to €15,000 unvouched from the public purse.

If all 166 TDs claimed this amount in such undocumented payments, this would run to €2,490,000 annually and Irish citizens would have no opportunity to scrutinise or inspect such claims for probity or scale.

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