Healy-Eames saving money yet again; uses Oireachtas funds and facilities to publicise Reform Alliance

Written by Sarah Garvey

Topics: Irish News

We are no stranger to Senator Fidelma Healy-Eames’ knack for saving money here at The Empty Shirt.

Today, we learned we should never take her skills for granted. There is always more you can do.

Water down that milk. Cut open the toothpaste tube and scrape every bit of that toothpaste out. Use Seanad materials and facilities to print letters publicising an external organisation close to your heart, like the Reform Alliance. One that might eventually admit it’s a political party.

Quote Charles De Gaulle while you’re at it so people know you mean business. Maybe one day you’ll get an airport named after you too.

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Props to Boards.ie user “Kodute” for the nod.

Text of email received from Senator Eames when I questioned who had funded the leaflets:

Dear Sarah,

Thank you for your email.

Oireachtas members are allocated a certain amount of funding and printing facilities for political purposes.

This is to be used in conjunction w/ their parliamentary duties and work as a public representative.

It is a common practice by almost all Oireachtas members to interact with constituents and supply them with information.

Many politicians regularly use their headed notepaper to inform constituents of public meetings, of political events and government announcements/ news etc.

In relation to my letter drop,  these invite letters were dropped by volunteers. No Oireachtas postage was used.

Kind regards,

Fidelma
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