Seanad debates

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Oireachtas (Ministerial and Parliamentary Offices) (Amendment) Bill 2013: Committee Stage


12:05 pm

Photo of David NorrisDavid Norris (Independent) | Oireachtas source

I will be addressing this issue in some detail later. This is more pettifogging. All of these allowances should be abolished because we will simply have more paperwork. We have to request the allowance and keep accounts and bills for six years, in other words, we will have to operate an accountancy department in our offices. My personal assistant works around the clock and does overtime for which she does not get paid because there is no provision for it. This is an utter waste of time on paper pushing. The way to address the issue is not by triping around in sending in requests and producing documentation for a slight amount of money.

On the €60,000 parties in the Dáil receive and the €42,000 received in the Seanad, do they collect it when they pass Go, as in a game of Monopoly? Do they have to vouch for their members?


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