Nepotism in Dáil Éireann and Fine Gael's new deputies lead the way

 

It was reported in today's Irish Independent,  "Two Fine Gael TDs hired family members as assistants in Leinster in a move that will reignite the debate over nepotism in politics."

 Kate O'Connell Fine Gael TD Dublin Bay South

Kate O'Connell Fine Gael TD Dublin Bay South

 

Ms O'Connell appointed her sister Theresa Newman to the post of parliamentary assistant.  The post has a salary of €49,000 per year.

 

 

 Maria Bailey Fine Gael TD Dún Laoghaire

Maria Bailey Fine Gael TD Dún Laoghaire

Ms Bailey hired her father John Bailey for a similar position.  John Bailey was a former chairman of Dublin GAA county board.  He is also a Fine Gael councillor. 
He will share the post with councillor Marie Baker.  Ms Baker served as Ms Bailey's campaign manager during the General Election.

 

 

 

Full story by Niall O'Connor, Irish Independent, Mar 25, 2016