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Callely's €17,000 is indefensible

SURELY I misheard? Ivor Callely's legal team is demanding the withheld payment that accrued during his 20-day absence from the Seanad -- to the tune of €17,000! Who in the name of God earns that for 20 days' work?

At a time when the blind, the disabled, the widowed and the unemployed are having their meagre allowances savaged in the name of fiscal austerity and ordinary workers are struggling to survive, such doling out of state cash is indefensible.

Even Marie-Antoinette would have blushed at such brazenness.

G Harrison
Killanley, Co Mayo

Irish Independent