Posts tagged “TDs”

Little sign of crisis among our nation’s precious politicians

Read Tim Pat’s opinion column in the Irish Times

“We have heard more words in a few days from disgruntled Fianna Fáil politicians objecting to their salaries being cut, or their ministries lost, than we got over the Galway tent/tribunal years from the combined ranks on both sides of the Dáil chamber on the risks of a property bubble. The Irish electorate have for too long tolerated the stroke-pulling, nods-and-winks culture of government by child or grandchild of former deputies.”

Time to prune drastically our puffed-up political system

Read Tim Pat’s opinion piece in today’s Irish Times

“This is a depression not a recession. We should be considering the formation of a national government, and one strand of our discussions should not merely be concerned with TDs’ allowances, but of drastically pruning the numbers of TDs senators and councillors who feed from the public trough. Then we could talk about demanding sacrifice from the needy. Perhaps – dream on – even pay cuts for consultants and lawyers, including a voluntary reduction by judges.”