Politicians and their staff seek support for dealing with abuse from the public

First sitting Day of the 32nd Dail in Leinster House. Pic Maxwell’s

Increased pay to attract “high calibre” TDs and Senators, a room to gather and have “space”, and a confidential support service for politicians suffering abuse from the public are just some of the suggestions made in a survey of senior politicians in Leinster House.

The confidential report asked 43 officeholders – including house speakers, committee chairs, and Oireachtas commission members – for their views on the services provided in their place of work.

Those questioned for the report said there was a need for extra help for politicians and staff that were taking flak from the public.

It said there was a need for “independent and confidential support for members and members’ staff experience abuse from constituents and members of the public”.

As a result of abuse issues, the Oireachtas has confirmed it introduced a workplace support programme for politicians, their staff, and staff of political parties.

Under the scheme, a secure and confidential helpline has been introduced.

Those working in Leinster House can also get up to six telephone or face-to-face counselling sessions, as well as access to a dedicated website and online support system for health and well-being.

TDs and Senators were happy with much of what was on offer in Leinster House highlighting as particularly good the provision of briefing documents, budgetary advice, and IT support.

Read the Report Below