"While we are really conscious of the difficult financial situation that faces families and businesses, as a political party we have to raise funds to fight elections and campaigns".
Time to save up for the Tallaght Two. They need your help.
Brian Hayes, a junior Minister, has written to invite selected individuals and business interests to listen to Richard Bruton, a Minister, speak over breakfast in Tallaght the week after the budget. The event is to raise funds for Fine Gael, a political party. Specifically the invitation was sent on behalf of Mr Hayes and a Seanad member Cait Keane.
The letter enclosed prepaid Oireachtas envelopes for ease of reply by the recipients. Oireachtas envelopes are prepaid by the public purse and may be used by Oireachtas members for their political work.
Siobhan Maguire writes about this in the Sunday Times today. Mr Hayes told Ms Maguire this was a constituency fundraising event. He denied there was any issue with sending members of the public Oireachtas prepaid envelopes.
The event is timed for the week after the Budget.
Demand is expected to be brisk.