Monday 23 October 2017

Deduct the pay of no-show TDs

ONE of this Government's headline reforms was the introduction of Friday Dail sittings once every month. Alas, as we report in today's paper, there has been less to this reform than meets the eye. Yesterday, just seven TDs spoke on Fianna Fail TD John McGuinness' private members' bill.

Mr McGuinness's bill would have allowed the Public Accounts Committee, of which he is chairman, to probe the €4.4bn spent every year by the country's local authorities. Not alone did the Government shoot down this worthwhile bill, a mere seven TDs bothered to speak in the chamber.

Opening the Dail on a Friday costs the taxpayer €90,000. The monthly Friday sitting is reserved for private members' bills such as that proposed by Mr McGuinness. However, most of his parliamentary colleagues can't be bothered to turn up, preferring to spend the day conducting constituency clinics instead.

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