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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Councillors should foot printing costs

the taxpayer shouldn't be expected to pay for councillors 'excessive' printing costs.

At least three councillors have now been embroiled in the latest inkgate controversy - this time at City Hall.

Between them, the councillors clocked up bills of €6,000 while printing over 150,000 leaflets.

Although local politicians need access to computers and printers for local issues, the headquarters of our council should not be used as a private printing press.

This is particularly the case when it prevents other councillors from accessing the machines.

Two of the councillors in question - Tina MacVeigh and John Lyons - are People Before Profit Alliance member and regular participants in anti-water charge protests.

It's believed the printed leaflets encouraged people to boycott water charges.

The taxpayer can ill-afford to be funding printing costs of campaigns by councillors let alone support this abuse of public funds.

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