Tuesday 12 December 2017

FLOATING VOTER PODCAST: How much should TDs be paid? Childcare troubles, and flak for Mary Mitchell O'Connor

How much are our TDs really worth? €70k, €80k per annum? More or even less? The Floating Voter team of Kevin Doyle, Niall O'Connor and Philip Ryan discuss the merits and values of Irish politicians and compare them to the pay packets of Russian parliamentarians.

Finance Minister Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe
Finance Minister Michael Noonan and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe

The furore over an under-whelming Budget 2017 was the revelation that Ministers and politicians were to get a pay rise next year, although the government has now rowed back on the ministerial rise but it still shows the low regard they're still held in by the Irish public.

Elsewhere on the show, the hot topics and fall-out from the housing and childcare initiatives are discussed and explained, whilst the panel asks why Mary Mitchell O'Connor comes under such flak from her party.

The Floating Voter is Independent.ie’s politics podcast that bursts the bubble surrounding Leinster House.

New episodes on Independent.ie every Thursday.

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