Marylou McDonald, in between lots of stuff about bankers' pay and pensions that I suspect the government is right about when they say they're not able to do anything about it, came up with a figure of €71,000 a year for each TD. I think she said that €92 odd thousand is what they currently get in salaries.
I must say, shill Labour supporter and SF hater though I may be, I think her proposal, while politically very easy to make from the opposition benches, is well worth supporting.
She didn't mention TDs' expenses or pensions in the interview, but I believe SF is calling for all TDs' expenses to be vouched. Again politically easy, but very much worth supporting.
Is it possible that the reason these proposals are as popular as they are with the general public is that they complete no-brainers?
An all round reduction of this scale in TDs' salaries and such a change in the way TDs are compensated for their expenses would certainly hugely enhance the moral authority of the Dαil to make the difficult political decisions that they are required to make.
An excessive reduction it is not (imo, of course).
What should government backbenchers do?