Wednesday January 29, 2020

Excessive payments undermine valuable work of politicians

Some MEPs can claim Dáil pensions from the age of 50

24th November, 2019
Former Fianna Fáil TD Billy Kelleher has received Oireachtas pension payments of €21,000 since being elected to the European Parliament in May (Pic: John Allen)

It is by now clear to most decent minded people that our political class puts up with a high degree of abuse. Being heckled while out in public is a common occurrence for many politicians, while online attacks are a depressing staple of most representatives’ lives.

That this is unfair and unwarranted is beyond doubt. Vigorous debate is the lifeblood of any healthy democracy, but increasingly this criticism strays into personalised and incoherent ranting...

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