The public’s trust in politicians and politics can be restored, but only if politicians act to earn that trust. By Eoin Ó Broin.
The public outpouring of self-pity by politicians during the Christmas holidays would make you think that it’s a hard life being a TD and even harder being a Minister.
Yes the hours are long and the workload heavy. But with a salary of €92,000 per year for TDs, a Ministerial salary of €169,000 per year and a lavish system of expenses even after the reductions announced in December’s budget, clearly the financial rewards are good.
In fact they are amongst the best in the entire world.
Nobody is forced to be a politician. We do it out of choice. Many of us do it out of conviction. And we enjoy our work.Add a comment