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Government ministers received €27m in taxpayers' money for pay and expenses since 2011

Published 18/09/2015 | 12:37

Enda Kenny
Enda Kenny

GOVERNMENT ministers received more the €27m in taxpayers' money for pay and expenses since the Coalition was formed in 2011.

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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.

Leo Varadkar
Leo Varadkar

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.

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