Government ministers received €27m in taxpayers' money for pay and expenses since 2011
GOVERNMENT ministers received more the €27m in taxpayers' money for pay and expenses since the Coalition was formed in 2011.
Enda Kenny is the highest earner receiving more than €780,000 in pay, expenses and other payments since he was elected Taoiseach, accofrding to figures released by RTE earlier today.
Current and former ministers - including Simon Coveney, Jimmy Deenihan, Leo Varadkar, Phil Hogan, James Reilly, Brendan Howlin, Joan Burton and Eamon Gilmore – all received more than €700,000 in pay and expenses since taking office.
The average paid to Government ministers was around €631,000.
Ms Burton did not accept a €15,000 annual allowance she is entitled to as Tánaiste, according to figures obtained by the RTE Investigations Unit.
Ministerial broadband and mobile phones cost €165,608 during the lifetime of the Government, and a further €75,601 was spent on landline in minister’s homes and constituency office.
The taxpayer spent more than €1.6m on unvouched mileage costs for minsters.