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Thread: #VINB Tue 23/10/2012: Are our politicians paid too much in allowances?

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    Default #VINB Tue 23/10/2012: Are our politicians paid too much in allowances?


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    Today, the Public Accounts Committee of the Oireachtas looked at and discussed how much members of the Oireachtas got in allowances. Tonight #VINB looks at how much they get for travel, accommodation and other expenses and asks how much can be justified?

    Every year, some Ä1.5bn is paid out to Ministers, TDs and Senators in both vouched and unvouched expenses. John McGuinness, PAC Chairman, is pressing for getting rid of unvouched allowances altogether - allowances should be fully accountable as they are in private businesses.

    So what are we waiting for? Why isnít this implemented with haste. Hopefully, Vinny will ask this, and a lot more questions besides, of the two politicians on the show. Catherine Halloran is very knowable about this area so we should be in for a good if not great show tonight. Well worth viewing Ö

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    PAC to examine allowances cuts | Irish Examiner
    Review could see TDs recommend cuts to their own allowances
    Ľ PAC to examine allowances cuts
    Calls for political allowances to be set independently - Newstalk.ie


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    "Every year, some €1.5bn is paid out to Ministers, TDs and Senators in both vouched and unvouched expenses. John McGuinness, PAC Chairman, is pressing for getting rid of unvouched allowances altogether - allowances should be fully accountable as they are in private businesses."

    Not a hope in hell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hammer View Post
    "Every year, some €1.5bn is paid out to Ministers, TDs and Senators in both vouched and unvouched expenses. John McGuinness, PAC Chairman, is pressing for getting rid of unvouched allowances altogether - allowances should be fully accountable as they are in private businesses."

    Not a hope in hell.
    Can you get your facts right, 1.5 billion is 15 thousand million, even if we had 1000 at the trough, that would be 1.5 million each, and assuming we have about 200, are you really saying 7.5 million each?

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    So Politicans allowances for a few chosen few is 1.5 billion, yet Children's allowance which is paid to/over I million households is to expensive and needs changing. Politicans before Kids on Ireland's titanic!

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    Exactly that is why I mentioned it.

    VB / Norm not too good with figures

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    Quote Originally Posted by tigerben View Post
    So Politicans allowances for a few chosen few is 1.5 billion, yet Children's allowance which is paid to/over I million households is to expensive and needs changing. Politicans before Kids on Ireland's titanic!


    I assume it should be 15 million or so..........over to you Norm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pudna View Post
    Can you get your facts right, 1.5 billion is 15 thousand million, even if we had 1000 at the trough, that would be 15 million each.
    You'd think jackie healy rae would have had a hair transplant with that kind of dosh!
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    How these guys/gals look themselves in the mirror every morning is beyond me. Al Capone had nothing on these crooks.

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    That 1.5 billion is a typo, right?

    Or is Callely back?
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    If its anthing like last nights programme, I'll be switching channel
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