Letter in Irish Independent.
Dail fat cats not worth your vote
Looking at the picture illustrating Lise Hand’s article (Irish Independent, May 15) of the Taoiseach and Bertie Ahern visiting the East Wall, I can see that the ‘Soldiers of Destiny’ still don’t realise the voters of Dublin Central are suffering in the recession.
I wonder did the sight of two men who earn more than €200,000 each, arriving in two separate €120,000 Mercs, accompanied by bodyguards in two €60,000 BMWs, make the voters of Dublin Central think twice about electing another member of the Ahern dynasty to a €100,000-plus per annum job?
This sight contrasts with the goings-on over in Westminster where MPs are scurrying to hand back money to save their political lives after being exposed with overinflated or false expense claims.
If I was a Dublin Central voter on reduced earnings I would try to continue the Tony Gregory tradition of independence from the big parties, and if I couldn’t find a suitable candidate I’d spoil my vote to show my disgust at the fat cats in Dail Eireann who are very unlikely to follow their UK counterparts’ example.