Direct Democracy Ireland say 48.72 Million of public money be refunded

Direct Democracy Ireland say 48.72 Million of public money be refunded

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By Neville Bradley

Direct Democracy Ireland a National Citizens Movement are calling on all political parties that shared a total of €48.72 Million from the Electoral Act fund each year, to refund this money immediately so that it can be used on essential services.

There is no justification for this Government telling the people of Ireland that they must endure austerity and cuts in essential services and at the same time paying themselves an additional €48.72 million out of public money. This money is in addition to their wages, expenses and allowances received by politicians.

Out of the above figure, €34.92 Million was allocated for parliamentary activity which mainly covers public relations, training and social media. It is nothing short of a national scandal that a total of €48.72 Million was shared between political parties in 2014, while the people they were elected to represent, struggled to support their families due to the austerity inflicted by this Government.

Political parties must explain to the people of Ireland why paying themselves an additional €48.72 Million comes before the funding needs of the most vulnerable they took an oath to protect.

Direct Democracy Ireland want to put on the record that they have not received any public funds to-date and call on all political parties to put the needs of the Irish people first before any financial or political gain. On behalf of the public we demand that this additional €48.72 Million of public money be refunded.

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1 Comment

  • Posted January 27, 2016

    Leigh de Paor

    A scandal indeed. Almost 35 million spent on propaganda and it appears to be working for them.
    One interesting PR spin on the term “propaganda” was re-branded as “public relations” because nobody things it strange for a politician to have a PR Consultant, as opposed to a Propaganda Officer which is exactly what they are.
    We should ensure we correctly label what this was spent on, call it what it is, clearly “public relations, training and social media” equates to propaganda consultancy and dissemination.

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