Monday 18 December 2017

Politicians' cards cost up to €120,000

Fiach Kelly Political Correspondent

TAXPAYERS face a bill of up to €120,000 for TDs and senators to send Christmas cards.

Just over 217,000 cards were printed internally in Leinster House for politicians last year, at a cost of €9,621 -- but this could be dwarfed by the bill to post them out.

The Oireachtas could not say how many of the cards were sent using the postage-paid envelopes given to TDs and senators free of charge.

But officials have told the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that the envelopes cost 54c each -- a 1c discount on the standard 55c it costs to post a letter.

The cost of posting 217,020 cards in the envelopes could therefore be as much as €119,361.

Some 132 TDs and senators availed of the in-house card printing and Portlaoise-based Labour Party senator John Whelan said he had received cards from colleagues in Leinster House in the free envelopes.

"If people really want to send Christmas cards to us, they should put them in our cubby holes," he said.

Irish Independent

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