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Nicer work...

I refer to your articles on the pay and perks of our local councillors (apprentice TDs), which are infuriating to read (Irish Independent, September 1). Thousands of people all over the country give their time -- free -- week after week to different sports organisations, charity groups, etc.

Why do we pay local councillors anything? If the Government was to say that candidates at the next local elections would not be remunerated but the positions would be honorary, you would still get thousands of people -- better-motivated people -- who would go forward for election.

Michael Doran

Co Kilkenny