More money for TDs

Pensioners must wait until March for minor €5 pension increase.

Sligo News File

Signs the economy is growing: nearly €4,000 salary top up for TDs. The sum has been approved as deputies return from their third – or should that be the fourth – break from the Dail in the space of a year.

However, retired folk will have to wait until March before they qualify for the lamentable €5 Budget increase in the pension.

For the time ahead, the story is to be one of the more and more taxes, levies and charges, including, if the government gets away with it, the imposition of a fee on every household in the country to help feed the costly broadcasting needs of RTE.

Families won’t have to own a television to be rammed for the toll; it is proposed that it should apply whether or not there is a television in the home.

Rural TD Denis Naughton, an Independent Roscommon deputy, has hinted that collection of any such tariff may be handed over to the Revenue Commissioners. This would leave currently struggling An Post stripped of yet another one of the services it desperately needs to survive.

Naughton is responsible for the operations of An Post.