Sunday 19 November 2017

Sitting TDs have 'unfair advantage'

Kate O'Connell. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Kate O'Connell. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Niamh Horan

Niamh Horan

Fine Gael councillor Kate O'Connell, above, has questioned where some candidates are getting the money to pay for their campaigns - claiming that some sitting TDs are 'churning' out glossy newsletters for distribution across their constituency at the expense of the taxpayer.

Her comments come as Fine Gael plans to provide extra resources for candidates it believes are capturing public support ahead of the General Election.

Ms O'Connell said: "You'd have to question where some candidates get the money to pay for posters and offices and [other parts of their campaign]. Sitting TDs seem to have no problem using Dáil facilities to churn out four-page glossy newsletters. For someone like me to do that it would cost in the region of €3,000, and that's not even considering distribution costs.

"Sitting TDs have an unfair advantage. Stamps are 70c each and there's almost 70,000 voters in my constituency so if I was to send a letter out to all of those it would cost me €50,000."

Ms O'Connell also welcomed the new initiative for extra resources.

Sunday Independent

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