Thursday 18 January 2018

Cut TDs by 88 and save hugely

Madam -- The Constitution provides for one representative for every 20,000-30,000 people.

Without amending the Constitution, we could have a reduction of 16 TDs, instead of the eight proposed by a Bill before the Oireachtas. The elimination of eight will not save the taxpayer much money; but the elimination of 88 would relieve the situation substantially, since the basic pay of a deputy is €95,363, rising to €101,446 for long-service TDs.

Then there are the perks: daily travel to Leinster House, €55; overnight allowances, €126; miscellaneous expense allowance, €50,000; constituency travel allowance -- Table A €2,500, Table B €5,000 and Table C, €8,000; office accommodation allowance -- (i) one-off setting up grant, €8,000 and (ii) annual maintenance grant, €8,000; telephone allowance, €5,700. But it does not stop here, as there are chairs of committees, €1,100, and party whips on €1,100.

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