Too many TDs or not TDs -- that is the question
• It is distressing to know that our small, bankrupt country should have so many parasitic occupations created specially by its legislature.
The Constitution provides for one representative for every 20,000 to 30,000 people. Without amending the Constitution we could have a reduction of 16 TDs, instead of the eight proposed in a Bill before the Oireachtas.
The elimination of eight will not save the taxpayer much money: but the elimination of 88 would relieve the situation substantially, since the basic pay of a deputy is €95,363, rising to €101,446 for long-service TDs. Then there are the perks: