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This week four TDs and one Senator swapped the Oireachtas for the European Parliament.

On the Your Politics podcast Mick Wallace TD of Independents 4 Change, Fianna Fáil's Billy Kelleher TD and the Green Party’s Senator Grace O’Sullivan discuss the career changes ahead.

The podcast is available here for download on Apple Podcasts and Stitcher.

MEPs are better paid than TDs and Senators. Mick Wallace, who is currently bankrupt due to unpaid debts, denied that he decided to pursue a role in the European Parliament for increased income. 

"I didn’t go to Brussels for the money. I haven’t forgotten about construction, I can assure you if you look at how well I did in construction over 30 years I would make a lot more money in construction than I’d ever make in Brussels.

"The expenses are very generous in Europe. You would be a liar to deny that. Do I know of anyone that went over there just for the money? I don’t. If you go over there and the expenses are good that is not necessarily your fault for going over there."

He added that politics in either Brussels or Dublin was "merciless job". He said: "I think it is a very difficult job."

Grace O’Sullivan said that politicians had to strive to achieve a work-life balance. She added that she was a single parent with three daughters.

"One is 28 and she has special needs, so she still needs a lot of my involvement and attention and I’m her sole guardian."

Billy Kelleher said after the marathon count for the Ireland South constituency Ireland should embrace electronic voting or electronic counting.

"We are a modern country we pride ourselves in technology and software development. It is time to look at it."

He added: "The idea that we must move 7.5 cubic tones of paper around desks in a count centres in Cork - we should move beyond that."