Divided Dail unites -- to give itself a pay rise

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Divided Dail unites -- to give itself a pay rise
Independent, Sunday November 07 2010
John Drennan: Divided Dail unites -- to give itself a pay rise - John Drennan, Columnists - Independent.ie
By John Drennan

As the country faces economic meltdown, TDs and senators are planning to
improve their already plush terms and conditions.

An official estimate of the money required to run the Dail in 2011 'sneaked'
through the Dail last Thursday reveals that the recession stops at the gates
of Leinster House.

In a touching scene, deputies across all parties suspended hostilities and
agreed to the estimates without a single objection.

...

The cost of salaries for TDs, senators and secretarial assistants will
increase, while salaries of staff like those in catering and behind the Dail
bar will decrease.

The estimates for 2011 reveal that there will be an increase in the postal
and telecommunications service, which allows TDs and senators to send out
promotional literature to their constituents.

The budget for delegates to 'other parliamentary assemblies' has increased
by 50 per cent and the 'grant in aid' for 'inter-parliamentary activities'
has also increased by a whopping 40 per cent.

Even this, however, is dwarfed by the increase in the budget for allowances
in respect of former members of the houses of the Oireachtas, which has been
increased from €49,000 to €149,000.
Those Dáil members are not only cheeky. This article proves that they
definitely have NO connection at all to their own people.

A change is overdue!
 


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