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Thursday 18 July, 2013

Column: Leinster House can seem impenetrable to the average citizen

There is a breakdown in communication between the citizen and their elected representatives when, ironically, our representatives are arguably more contactable now than they have ever been before, writes Sarah O’Neill.

Sunday 3 March, 2013

Column: How much does each TD actually cost the State?

The annual pay of ministers and TDs doesn’t come close to recognising the true financial cost of hiring them, writes Sarah O’Neill.

Wednesday 30 January, 2013

Column: TDs’ pensions should reflect Ireland’s economic reality

Politicians are just the same as other public servants – and their expenses should be reduced in line with the sacrifices being made across the country, writes Sarah O’Neill.

Thursday 24 January, 2013

Column: Scandal over state board appointees shows there is reform in name only

Ignoring candidates for state boards who apply through formal channels in favour of those with political backgrounds discredits the election promises to tackle cronyism, writes Sarah O’Neill.

Tuesday 27 November, 2012

Column: Secrecy around TDs’ expenses is typical of Irish political culture

Yes, expenses need reform – but we need a larger conversation too, writes Sarah O’Neill.

Tuesday 9 October, 2012

Column: A new way to ask TDs questions – and get a direct answer

Launching this week, the DáilWatch project will allow Irish citizens to communicate directly with politicians, explains Sarah O’Neill.