Michael Martin has come to the defence of John O'Donoghue and has warned against "losing the plot" when it comes to cutting back politicians' travel expenses.
According, to Martin it's not all first-class flights, limos, five star hotels and days spent at Ascot. Politicians have to do some work too, you know.
Martin is quoted in the Irish Examiner -
Mr Martin said O'Donoghue is in a difficult position - not because he's been caught living like a rock star at taxpayers' expense - but because, as Ceann Comhairle, he cannot sully his office by getting embroiled in a debate about expenses.Mr Martin defended Mr O’Donoghue, saying he was a "very good" Ceann Comhairle and had been a "very effective" minister for arts, sport and tourism.Networking and travel were crucial parts of that portfolio, Mr Martin added, citing Cheltenham’s importance to the Irish equestrian industry as an example....
"I just worry that we can lose the plot a bit in terms of the wider importance of travel — and it’s not easy either, by the way. There’s this notion that it’s all perks, but [in] my own experience, it’s constant, it’s 16-hour days."
One has to wonder, exactly who is in danger of losing the plot here?
Martin warns against ?losing the plot? on political travel | Irish Examiner