Ministers have signed off on almost €15million extra a year to run the Dáil.
A Bill approved at Tuesday morning’s Cabinet meeting sees the three year budget for funding the Houses of the Oireachtas increased to a whopping €466million out to the end of 2024.
This is up from an already considerable €422million for the last three years, which means the taxpayer will soon be footing a near half billion euro bill to fund TDs’ wages and the overall running of the Houses of the Oireachtas.
A spokesman for the Government explained last night how the extra cash would be spent.
He said: “It is proposed to provide a funding envelope of €462.505million for the period 2022-24.
“This allocation represents a €40m or 9.5% increase from the €422million funding envelope provided for the period 2019-2021.
“This increase will provide for an extension to the Oireachtas ICT transformation programme; will resource Programme for Government commitments and associated increased level of Commission activity as well as funding the pay and pensions of parliamentarians and their secretarial staff, the pay of officials working within the Oireachtas Service, the Parliamentary Budget Office and the Office of the Parliamentary Legal Advisor. “Furthermore, this allocation will provide for Commission IT, broadcasting and library/research facilities.”
Meanwhile, the Dáil’s spending watchdog, SIPO (S