Notebook: A look at the week that was
Did you feel all charitable and warm inside last week when you read about the amounts that the public purse shells out in pension payments to our ex-politicians?
If, like me, you have either no pension or a miserably reduced one to look forward to in your old age, then I'm sure the sight of the eye-popping sums our taxes are paying for gladdened your heart.
But spare a thought for poor Michael McDowell, who says that his pension stopped on the day he was elected to the Seanad and that he "lost out on about €30,000". Or at least he would have if it weren't for the fact that generous-hearted Michael had previously donated his pension to charity.