TDs and senators are to be given the assistance of a special research unit in the Oireachtas to provide independent non-partisan research, according to an unpublished report for the Houses of the Oireachtas Commission.
Oireachtas members will also benefit from the services of nearly 200 new parliamentary assistants and committee staff. According to the report, the assistants will perform tasks such as speech-writing, public relations and attending funerals. Each TD will get one assistant.
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