We can't write blank cheques for our TDs
Dail deputies get €33,000 a year to cover their travel and accommodation expenses.
To most people, that would probably seem a reasonable sum -- though perhaps too much on the generous side in these times of stringency.
But one aspect of the system is very far from reasonable. The figures for these expenses are fixed. Deputies and senators do not have to submit receipts and famously, they often spend as little as half the allowances and yet claim the full amount.