Monday 22 January 2018

Poor attempt to justify expenses

The Oireachtas spokesman who tried to play down and justify the disgraceful figure of €7.83m for TDs' largely tax-free and unvouched expenses in 2009 made a very poor job of it (Irish Independent, January 11).

He stated that last year the commission produced a set of proposals to incorporate a 10pc overall reduction in members' expenses. This was to be in addition to an earlier reduction of 25pc in mileage rates paid to them. He maintains there was a significant reduction in costs incurred by TDs on travel. He makes much of a reduction in the travel budget for Oireachtas Committees in 2009, which itself should have meant an overall reduction in the full figures.

Despite all of these so-called economies, the overall figure not only did not decrease but actually increased by €132,500. How can this be justified in any circumstance? To really make us annoyed, you might now give us the bad news on the expenses of Senators.

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