Paying the President

Letter in today’s Sunday Independent.


The German Chancellor, salary €220,000 plus €22,000 bonus, representing a population of 82m people has just paid another visit to China, a country with a population of 1.3bn, selling her country’s wares.

Our own President, salary €293,000 plus €195,000 ‘expenses’, representing a population of under 5m has visited the Vatican six times in as many years, a state the size of Drogheda, with nothing to offer but ignorance and prejudice.

These statistics prove why we’re in such a rotten state.

Paddy O’Brien
Balbriggan, Co Dublin