The only way to affect real change in politics is at the ballot box. Ask you local council candidate whether they plan to voluntarily publish receipts for their expenses. If they will, tell them you’ll vote for them. If not, good luck and goodbye.
Most current government ministers entitled to pensions from previous ministerial posts surrendered them last year but Finance Minister Michael Noonan didn’t. Bertie Ahern handed back some of his annual pension.
It’s a warning we’ve heard many times before and the Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) puts a decrease in donation in recent months down to a number of factors.
Stephen Cousins, national donor services manager with the IBTS, told us: “If you go back over 10 years, emigration has definitely been a part of it, especially in rural clinics the volume has just fallen.”
He said people travelling to more exotic locations and having less time also play a role.
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