Saturday 16 December 2017

No change

• So Brendan Howlin (Irish Independent, October 20), responding to an Irish Independent article, has "made no change to the Oireachtas expenses regime in respect of travel".

Consider the current situation: €12,000 per annum is paid to TDs who live within 25km of the Dail for their 'travel' expenses while old-age pensioners get €11,976 per annum to live on, and face the possible curtailment of their free travel passes in the budget.

TDs who live between 25km and 60km from the Dail receive €28,106 per annum for travel, which is more than many people earn before deductions for income tax, PRSI and USC!

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