Tag Archives: Fine Gael

Senator David Norris looked for bigger office in Leinster House because he was longest serving politician there

A BIGGER space for the “father of the House”, a Senator’s files and personal belongings packed up and moved to reception, and a dispute between Fine Gael and the President’s daughter over vacating a room … just some of the teething problems in Leinster House after the general election. Details of the moves were released […]

Posted in Uncategorized | Also tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The special adviser salaries and how Freedom of Information has helped significantly cut the annual wage bill

The Department of Public Expenditure has published a full list of all special adviser salaries on their website. There are a handful of cases where people have jumped up the salary scale beyond the point that they should normally start as reported here previously. There are also a couple of instances where individuals are above the scale altogether, […]

Posted in Uncategorized | Also tagged , , , , , , | 1 Response

How seriously did Fine Gael coalition take climate change and environmental taxes … not as seriously as upsetting road hauliers

The option of increasing tax on diesel to cut dangerous emissions was discarded by the outgoing government amid concerns of upsetting road hauliers and increasing the cost of doing business in Ireland. A second possibility of raising carbon tax on solid fuel was also ignored by then Minister of Finance Michael Noonan because of fears over […]

Posted in Uncategorized | Also tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Response

The €23,500 trip to Vietnam for five politicians

Late last year, I wrote about a trip for five politicians to Vietnam that included several business class flights and a stay at a five-star hotel. Altogether, it resulted in a bill to the taxpayer of more than €23,000. Here’s the table of costs for that trip along with the original expense and itinerary documents released by […]

Posted in Uncategorized | Also tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment