RENUA leader Lucinda Creighton has hit out at the Oireachtas authorities for "wasting" taxpayer's money on new printers for politicians.
Ms Creighton strongly criticised the replacement of every printer in Leinster House during the Dáil's summer recess, insisting that the appliances are still working.
The Oireachtas has rejected the criticism, insisting that full value for money is being achieved in the replacement of the printers.
But Ms Creighton said she was "astonished" the Oireachtas was splashing out on new printers and insisted she did not want a new one.
"The timing is very curious given that we are approaching an election. We were astonished, we didn't request additional equipment - a lot of this equipment is a little more than six-months-old," Ms Creighton told the Irish Independent.
"We would far prefer if this expenditure went on things like schools, hospitals and nursing homes...It is the sort of thing that gives politics a bad name."
However, the Oireachtas insisted the new printers would result in savings and said the newer printers being replaced will be reused.
"There is no question of any waste of public money in these new arrangements. In fact, the new approach is expected to produce savings of up to 20pc on our current print costs per annum," said a spokesman.
"It would also be wrong to infer that recently purchased printers will be rendered obsolete. While the vast majority of our current printers are over five years old, all newer devices are being re-used to meet the requirements of remote sites on the Oireachtas network." The Oireachtas did not say how much the new printers cost.