Saturday 25 November 2017

Martina Devlin: New blood needed to derail the Oireachtas gravy train

Martina Devlin

Martina Devlin

I believe Irish politicians are capable of reining in their extraordinarily generous array of entitlements. Just as much as I believe Israel should conduct its own inquiry into that convoy raid in international waters.

In other words, both scenarios lack credibility. The Oireachtas has a long and ignoble history of feathering its own nest. We keep hearing how members of the Leinster House Club have embraced cutbacks in a spirit of leadership, and to restore public faith in politicians.

But the Ivor Callely farce fulfils two functions: it shines a light on the calibre of candidate deemed suitable to hold public office; and it lifts the lid on the extravagance of financial arrangements in the Oireachtas -- even after so-called reform.

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