It cost the tax-payer €18.58m last year to fund the salaries of all TDs and Senators in Leinster House, according to the 2017 annual report of the Houses of the Oireachtas Commission published today.
I am writing to about the ridiculous practice of allowing Oireachtas members the privilege of buying food and drink in Leinster House on credit. I welcome new measures to ensure that these tabs will at least be cleared by Oireachtas members going forward.
Surely the time has come to acknowledge what a substantial figure Enda Kenny is, and what a mark he has made on the Irish political landscape, says. He established a place in history last week as the first Fine Gael leader ever to have been re-elected to the office of Taoiseach.
As any Sir Humphrey Appleby, GCB, KBE, MVO, MA (Oxon) worthy of his or her Leinster House access-all-areas pass will confirm, the best way to kill off persistent, difficult ideas is to exile them to the never-never land of consultation, to divert them up endless cul-de-sacs and, eventually, watch them drown in a quagmire of earnest, impractical reports or costings.