TDs' bar bills 'should be deducted from pay', says Leo
TDs who failed to settle their Dáil bar bills should have the money deducted from their salaries or pensions, according to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.
Mr Varadkar criticised both serving and former Oireachtas members who have left bar tabs, some of which have been outstanding for years.
A report from the Oireachtas Commission said it had been forced to write off bar debt because there was "no realistic prospect of recovery of the sums due".
Mr Varadkar said he would like to see the Oireachtas authorities pursue politicians who had outstanding bills.
"I'd encourage the Oireachtas Commission to look at mechanisms of deducting that money from people's salaries or pensions," he said.
"I'd imagine it is possible to deduct it from salaries, it probably isn't possible to deduct it from pensions for reasons you'll understand. But I'd encourage the Oireachtas Commission to examine that. Everyone should pay their bills, particularly politicians."