One in seven TDs have hired family members to work with them in the Dáil.

In total jobs 23 representatives have given jobs to family members according to the Irish Independent, including Mayo Fine Gael TD Michael Ring.

The Minister for Rural and Community Development re-hired his daughter Suzanne McGreal as his PA.

Hiring family members is not against Oireachtas rules but the practice has proved highly controversial in the past.

The salary scale for a PA is between €41,000 and €52,000 and between €24,000 and €47,000 for an SA.

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