TDs’ greedy cash grab

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - COMMENT -

THE hous­ing cri­sis is get­ting worse, there are more peo­ple on hos­pi­tal trol­leys than ever be­fore, and Brexit will bring pos­si­bly calami­tous prob­lems for the econ­omy. So what are TDs and sen­a­tors wor­ried about? Their ex­penses.

The Depart­ment of Pub­lic Ex­pen­di­ture has been asked to ex­am­ine a pro­posal that could see Oireach­tas members from out­side Dublin paid an ex­tra €5,300 in ex­penses each year, on top of their €14,715 in un­vouched and un­taxed al­lowances.

They are seek­ing par­ity with the ac­com­mo­da­tion al­lowance en­joyed by se­nior civil ser­vants: €133.73 a night com­pared with the €98.10 given to TDs and sen­a­tors.

As the coun­try faces mul­ti­ple crises, do they have any un­der­stand­ing of the skewed op­tics of this grubby cash grab?

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