Some people do golf classics, a night at the dogs and all those sort of things, so we are just having this event. I know it’s difficult for supporters with the expense of these things and they are constantly being asked to buy raffle tickets and various other donations, but democracy in itself has to be funded.

Junior Minister Dara Murphy, who is charging supporters €85 to have breakfast with Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald to raise funds for his general election campaign. Murphy – who owes almost €100,000 in bank debts following the collapse of his catering business – is hosting the event in the Imperial Hotel in Cork city. A full Irish breakfast in the Imperial Hotel generally costs €14.95, while a continental breakfast costs €10.

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