Cartridge costs dominate constituency conversation but opinion is divided
In Aengus O Snodaigh's constituency last night supporters and detractors were united on only one thing -- €50,000 would get you a lot of ink cartridges.
Local residents and workers who spoke to the Irish Independent in Dublin South-Central were deeply divided on the issue of the TD's use of complimentary cartridges from Dail supplies.
Local woman Rosemary Keating was harsh in her criticism. "I think it's absolutely disgraceful. Actually, I do think it's disgusting," she said.
Old-age pensioner Christina Byrne compared the fact that people in her situation could hardly live on a basic pension with the value of the toner taken by the TD. "It does seem to be an awful lot," she said.
But a local business owner, whose shop is located near the TD's consistency office, defended Mr O Snodaigh.
"We get an update almost every week from him and he delivers it here himself. It's very helpful.
However, in other parts of the constituency the condemnation was almost universal.
Donna Farrell, in Kilmainham, said Mr O Snodaigh's leafleting was "outrageous".
"Who does he think he is? In this day and age they should pay for it themselves, they're paid well enough," she added.