Many politicians are elected to be corrupt. They know this when they enter the dirty world of politics. The majority of people in Ireland do not trust their politicians, the media nor the post-conciliar Bishops. It is rather laughable that Noel Treacy would regard public anger towards politicians as being “totally unfair”.
The same political party claiming to be “pro-life and pro-family” are of the same as De Valera who wanted to keep our people poor and ignorant. A few weeks ago, a Fianna Failer said that emigration would be a “great experience” for Irish people. The cheek of him to tell Irish people to emigrate from their own country. The same country that the political establishment sold out in the referendum on the Lisbon Treaty.
A FORMER government minister launched a blistering attack on the media after details of his expenses were published at the weekend.
This comprised expenses of €85,217 and an allowance of €10,016 as Chairman of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on the implementation of the Good Friday Agreement.
But yesterday he accused national media organisations of consistently distorting the reality of the situation with regard to expenses paid to Oireachtas members and said they were inciting public anger against them.
He claimed that media covering the Oireachtas were provided with a range of free facilities in Leinster House. He also pointed out that there were more media personnel accredited to Leinster House than TDs.
Details of the expenses and allowances were made available to the 'Sunday Independent' under the Freedom of Information Act.
In total, TDs claimed a total of €7,825,467 last year, compared to €7,792,970 in the previous 12 months.
This is despite a reduction in the allowances and mileage rates in response to the country's financial crisis, as announced by Finance Minister Brian Lenihan.
Mr Treacy attacked what he termed "total distortion" of the figures. "In fact, 45-50pc of all those expenses are to do with staff salaries and remuneration. In my case, there's a chairman's allowance (€10,016) which is taxed at the full rate -- the highest tax rate.
"That leaves €85,217 and out of that comes €35,000 for staff salaries. It's a total distortion -- and we have this consistently -- that TDs are getting these expenses, which are not paid to us at all.
"It's a distortion of the whole democratic process and it's a constant incitement to public anger against politicians, which is totally unfair," he added.