The Sunday Times has reported on the 3rd of December 2017 (see page 8) that the former FG rebel TD Brian Walsh has received 105,000 euros of taxpayer money over the past year.
Walsh decided in November 2015 that he would not contest the 2016 election on Health Grounds relating to a Bowel Condition and that he would not receive any "gravy train" deal and would serve his full term. The 43 year old Walsh said at the time he would not receive an Oireactas pension until he was 66.
However, two months later he resigned his seat just weeks out from GE 2016. The records now show is being paid €16K a year as an illness pension payment which will be worth €320,000 to Walsh over the next 20 years.
The trustees of the Houses of the Oireactas pension fund awarded Walsh an extra five years notional service on the grounds that he would have been re-elected if he didn't suffer from a bowel condition. Which IMO is ridiculous.
Is this the right way to go about things or is it another case of Politicans setting one rule for themselves and another for the Hoi Poloi?
Please discuss Politics.ie users.
The 43-Year-Old Pensioner | Broadsheet.ie