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In the aftermath of the Dara Murphy Dáil expenses controversy, the Taoiseach has resolved to reform the current system, but it will take time to earn back the public’s trust in politicians

Aiden Corkery

Political Correspondent

8th December, 2019
Dara Murphy departed Irish politics just as the controversy of his expenses was blowing up. Picture: Feargal Ward

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before – an under-pressure government reeling from an embarrassing expenses scandal promises to take swift action to stem public anger.

When Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told the Dáil last week that the system of politicians’ expenses was “far too lax”, it will have sounded more than a little familiar to many observers.

Ten years ago, then Finance Minister Brian Lenihan promised similar...

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