Total cost of Limerick's politicians hits €1.7m
Limerick politicians claimed €1.75m in expenses and salaries this year in the countdown to the upcoming general election.
Details of Limerick's national and local politicians claims are revealed in 'The Limerick Voice', a publication produced by Journalism Students at University of Limerick, for the local community.
According to the report, the 40 Limerick City and County Councillors claimed €774,000 in expenses in the first nine months of this year.
Finance Minister Michael Noonan and Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan each got €174,000 in salaries and can also claim a monthly allowance of €1,300 in expenses.
Fianna Fáil TDs Willie O'Dea and Niall Collins and Fine Gael TD Kieran O'Donnell each claimed €54,925 in expenses.
The council's Leas Cathaoirleach, Fianna Fail Councillor Kevin Sheahan, claimed the highest amount of expenses of €36,482; he was followed by Fianna Fail Councillor Michael Sheehan on €27,398 and Mayor of Limerick City and County Fine Councillor Liam Gavin claimed €26,364.