Wednesday 24 January 2018

An outbreak of TDs

• It's time to decipher the rules on the TDs' expenses farce and make them toe the line. The Government could ensure this in no better manner than to seriously consider the practical guidelines and back-up figures of letter-writer Daniel McCarron (Irish Independent, July 4).

Mr McCarron clearly outlined why, by international standards, Ireland should have less than 60 TDs.

The Constitution provides for one representative for every 20,000 to 30,000 people. Even without amending the Constitution, a reduction of 16 TDs is possible -- rather than the eight proposed in the Bill before the Oireachtas.

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