TDs and lobbyists

Sir, – It was amusing to read that members of the Dáil committee on abortion are complaining about being inundated by communications from lobbyists (“Abortion committee under pressure from lobbyists”, September 27th).

As an ex-public servant I frequently received, and had to reply to, letters from TDs lobbying on behalf of their constituents for services that they were usually entitled to regardless of the TDs’ interference. The process was a complete waste of time, and the TDs’ lobbying caused unnecessary expense, delays to the service and was frankly a nuisance.

Perhaps the TDs who are complaining will realise the futility of lobbying and encourage their colleagues in the Dáil to change their ways, letting public servants get on with the job unhindered. – Yours, etc,



Co Meath.