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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: September 9, 2010 @ 11:17 am

    Bus-Passes instead of Mercs?

    Deaglán de Bréadún

    Dail Deputies Liz McManus and Olwyn Enright will be missed in Leinster House. They both had plenty still to contribute. Surprised, though, that Age Action or other group of that nature did not complain about Liz’s reported statement that the didn’t want to be a TD with a bus-pass. If more TDs had bus-passes, inlcuding ministers and junior ministers, the public purse would save a fortune. No more “mercs and perks”.

    • Maurice O'Leary says:

      In the UK, ministers and even the PM take trains.
      The Queen even lets the train take the strain sometimes.
      I wonder though what arrangements are made for official cars to meet them.

    • minX.ie says:

      Isn’t the (free) bus-pass only for people on Social Welfare pensions?

    • Ted says:

      “If more TDs had bus-passes, inlcuding ministers and junior ministers, the public purse would save a fortune.”

      It is widely rumoured that a certain rural politician uses a train pass to get to Dublin… and claims expenses for the distance travelled. If true it suggests we would find ourselves footing the bill for a double entitlement rather than saving money if more politicians could avail of free travel. Plus we already know that ministerial cars often travel empty to collect the office holder (we hope) who has travelled earlier by helicopter or plane. The ordinary citizen would have to pay benefit-in-kind tax, but not our politicians who, it seems, seldom pay for anything out of their own pockets.


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