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Total cost of Limerick's politicians hits €1.7m

Kathryn Hayes

Published 11/12/2015 | 02:30

Finance Minister Michael Noonan got €174,000 in salary and can also claim a monthly allowance of €1,300 in expenses
Finance Minister Michael Noonan got €174,000 in salary and can also claim a monthly allowance of €1,300 in expenses

Limerick politicians claimed €1.75m in expenses and salaries this year in the countdown to the upcoming general election.

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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.

Irish Independent

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