There is much ado in the papers about Sinn Fein TD, Aengus O Snodaigh, who managed to use up €50,000 worth of Dail (Irish Parliament) printer toner - paid by the taxpayer - in only two years.
O Snodaigh doesn't appear to have an inkling that there is anything wrong with such abuse of state fonts - funds - maintaining that the toner was used for printing at his Dublin constituency office.
That's a lot of ink toner. The Indo puts it this way:
"It would have taken him three months, working eight hours a day, five days a week, even if he had been using all of his three Oireachtas-supplied printers simultaneously.
And it meant that Mr O Snodaigh would have printed enough A4 leaflets to cover the GAA's Croke Park stadium -- which sits on an area of 65,000 square metres -- three times over."
It seems that Sinn Fein TDs made up 13 of the top 20 Dail users of State ink cartridges, so they are quite prolific it seems. And the same party, which hasn't quite managed to shake off accusations of involvement in the Northern Bank robbery and other armed actions, is now the largest opposition group, ahead of fellow shysters and cultural nationalists Fianna Fail.
So it's not that long ago that the Shinners were stockpiling cartridges of a different sort, rather than the rather harmless variety available in PC World.
Perhaps we should see it as progress, of a sort?
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