Labour backbencher gives up yearly €9,000 travel perk
A GOVERNMENT backbencher has voluntarily given up his €9,000-a-year travel expenses payment, heaping pressure on others to do the same.
It emerged that Dublin TDs are going to suffer the biggest hit proportionately from Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin's cut to travel expenses.
Their travel and accommodation allowance of €12,000 is being reduced by 25pc, or a cut of €3,000 – whereas TDs based outside Dublin are getting a 10pc cut to their allowance.
But Labour Dublin South East TD Kevin Humphreys said it was a "non-issue" for him because he had already written to give up the payment.
"I just took the decision because you have to lead from the front," he said.
The bigger cut in travel expenses for Dublin TDs is a reflection of the fact that their €12,000 allowance was considered over-generous.
Many of them have smaller mileage bills because they live close to Leinster House.