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Fury at lie slur in costs claim.

Byline: GARRETH MacNAMEE

A TD yesterday rapped Fianna Fail for claiming money-saving group An Bord Snip lied about how much it costs to run the Seanad.

Fine Gael's Regina Doherty said she was shocked by Micheal Martin's allegations.

Ms Doherty, deputy head of elections for the Seanad Abolition Referendum, added: "As we have said during the campaign, [euro]20million is the only independently verified figure for how much it costs to run the Seanad.

"It is provided by the Oireachtas Commission, the independent body that is responsible for running the Seanad.

"It was endorsed by [the] independent Referendum Commission.

"The An Bord Snip group which Micheal Martin's Fianna Fail Government established, reported in 2009 that abolishing the Seanad 'would give rise to savings of [euro]25million a year'.

"By stating repeatedly this figure is a lie, Fianna Fail is effectively calling these three authoritative independent bodies liars. It is shocking but not surprising."
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 3, 2013
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