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Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Dep Michael Ring has no interests recorded on the Register of Members Interests of members of Dáil Éireann for the year 2012. The annual register of interests was released at the end of last month and lists the interests in, among other things, property and shares that the members of the Oireachtas have.
Social networking sites can be a “hostile environment” where bullying is rife, according to the chairman of Dáil na nÓg in Mayo.
What is most galling about the use of tax-payer funded travel expenses by our Independent TDs and members of the Technical Group in Dail Eireann that has come to light of late, is not so much the fact that such misappropriation of funds occurred, but that the deputies in question so adamantly justified their entitlement to use public moneys in this way.
The role of the President of Ireland is not one that is aloof or removed from day to day life, but a position which can allow the head of state the “freedom to address issues which are not being addressed”.
The Register of Interests of members of Dáil Éireann from January to the end of 2009 published this week shows that two Mayo TDs have no other sources of income, while Ballina TD Dara Calleary and Fine Gael TD John O’Mahony have rental incomes supporting their TD salary and the leader of the Fine Gael party Enda Kenny TD has been given memberships of three golf clubs.
Most Galway TDs own some property or land in Galway city or county, but unlike Fianna Fáil TD Frank Fahey, none of them owns property in France, Belgium, the USA, or Dubai.
If the Government sees fit to introduce a pension levy on public sector workers, then it must also end the practice of paying ministerial pensions to sitting TDs.
THE RECESSION is biting hard. Many have lost their jobs or have been forced to take pay cuts. The Government, for so long in denial about the economic downturn, is threatening savage cutbacks in the upcoming Budget, and industrial unrest looks certain.
Westport solicitor Seamus F Hughes, who also acts as a State solicitor, is to be appointed as a District Court judge.