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Thursday, December 19, 2002  

Civil Servants getting votes for Ministers

It is reported today that there are 65 people on the public payroll doing constituency work for Ministers. Herr Flick has 7 people alone. This makes a nonsense of Minister Cullen's claims of victory in the parliamentary reform drive. He finally persuaded FF TDs to accept that they have to give up their county council seats. I agree that TDs should spend more time on national legislative work and leave the local favours stuff to the councillors. But if they then use taxpayers money to write thousands of letters in favour of planning permission (like McCreevy today) then it undermines the whole purpose.

The much lauded senior representative from Meath found himself easily thwarted in his attempt to bring in this reform..but he's got county councillors on his payroll!

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