I once met a guy who genuinely believed that half of all government expenditure went on TDs’ salaries and expenses. He wasn’t a fool, and held a responsible job, but the reality of how his taxes were spent was completely alien to him.
As the budget was revealed last week, I was reminded of him, and also of how, in 2012, Fine Gael backbencher Eoghan Murphy introduced a bill to provide every...
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