If you are a TD, you will earn a basic salary of 92k per annum plus a host of other allowances, perks and expenses. - What TDs earn: the extras - Irish News, World News & More | The Irish Times - Sat, Oct 27, 2012. If you are lucky enough/unlucky enough to be a minister, you can add on between 17k and 100k - One-stop trough: how much do Irish politicians get paid? (Part 1 of 3) | NAMA Wine Lake
Some claim to live on the average industrial wage in solidarity with their fellow citizens but draw the full entitlement from the state - which can have a very detrimental effect on their body image - 'Sinn Féin barely leave me enough wages for make-up': TD Sandra McLellan says her party's pay policy could deter candidates | Mail Online.
Others simply draw their full entitlement - Jackie Healy Rae claims 1,000,000 in expenses and http://www.politics.ie/forum/oireach...y-tribune.html.
Some see their position as an opportunity to feather their nests and those of their cronies - AS IT HAPPENED: Ahern did not account for.
Some are most unfortunate in how their dealings are interpreted - Gilmore denies role in wife's posting - Irish News, World News & More | The Irish Times - Tue, Nov 20, 2012 and Gilmore wife got.
Some are simply corrupt - Ming - I'm corrupt. or cheat their taxes - Mick Wallace off the hook after or are economical with the truth - Taoiseach ‘has no intention’ of re-opening Moriarty Tribunal.
However, whatever about their, qualities, flaws and effectiveness as politicians, it is very hard work being a TD. The rubber chicken circuits, meetings, clinics, pesky Dáil attendances, Cumann meetings, canvassing, kissing hands and shaking babies etc. are necessary elements of a TDs working day. They certainly see themselves as being busy people as this handy and informative Oireachtas guide demonstrates - http://www.oireachtas.ie/parliament/...he-Life-EN.pdf
Given the work they put in to being politicians, are they paid too much or too little?