Friday 20 October 2017

Davis reveals €390,000 in payments over 10 years

Fiach Kelly Political Correspondent

PRESIDENTIAL candidate Mary Davis finally published full details of her pay from state boards and other organisations yesterday, with the total reaching €390,000 over the past decade.

Despite refusing numerous requests last week to release what she earned from boards, Ms Davis yesterday claimed she was detailing the payments "in the interests of transparency".

The move came after the Irish Independent revealed how she received more than €180,000 for serving on boards she was appointed to by Fianna Fail ministers.

Fellow Independent candidate Sean Gallagher last night released details of his board payments. He has received €41,150 since December 2007, although he says some of this went to charity, and called on other candidates to release information on expenses claimed from boards.

He added that he had asked his accountant to gather information on his other income so he could make it public.

Dana Rosemary Scallon also said she would publish details of her income.

In the details supplied yesterday, Ms Davis said she was paid €86,693 by the Dublin Airport Authority between 2004 and 2009; €59,862 from Campus and Stadium Ireland between 2000 and last year; as well as €36,529 from the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland, also between 2004 and 2009.

She also received €133,642 from ICS Building Society, a subsidiary of the Bank of Ireland (BoI), from 2004 until last year; as well as €18,750 last year from BoI's Mortgage Bank.

The Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia managing director got another €55,158 over the past five-and-a-half years for sitting on the Irish Times Trust, one of the governing arms of the newspaper group. Ms Davis also published her P60s for the past three years, which showed an annual salary of €138,167, €149,137 and €156,310 for the years 2008, 2009 and 2010.

She said she had "nothing to hide".

Meanwhile, Mr Gallagher was appointed to the FAS board by former Tanaiste Mary Coughlan in 2010. He said he gave the €11,000 fee for that year to various charities and declined to claim expenses. He then told FAS he did not want any payments or expenses for 2011.

A spokesman for Labour's Michael D Higgins, pictured right with Mr Gallagher in Trinity College, Dublin, yesterday, said his income and pension as a TD and minister was a matter of record, and that he also had an annual pension of around €20,000 from his time as a college lecturer.

Mr Mitchell's campaign said he had no other income apart from what he earned as an MEP; while Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness will be releasing details of his income in the coming days. A spokesman for David Norris last night said the Trinity College senator would have no problem releasing details of his income.

Irish Independent

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