Ferris Says He Has Never Had A Bar Tab In The Dáil

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Martin Ferris.

MARTIN Ferris TD has confirmed that he is not one of the TDs that has left an unpaid bar tab, after a number of queries about the issue from constituents.

The Houses of the Oireachtas report has revealed this week there are unpaid tabs at the Dáil bar and restaurant of up to €5,000, with some bills outstanding since 2000.

“Many constituents have been asking me, tongue in cheek mostly, was I one of the TDs with an outstanding Dáil bar tab,” said Deputy Ferris.

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“For the record, I do not now, nor have I ever, availed of a bar tab in the Dáil. It is inexcusable that the amount owed is being written off, small businesses that are owed monies have to take remedies to recover outstanding debts and I don’t see why TDs or senators cannot be treated similarly. TDs and senators are handsomely rewarded and there should be zero tolerance applied to those who expect the taxpayer to pick up their bar tabs”.

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, said that politicians who have not paid their bill should have it deducted from their salary or pension.

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