TD ran up €16,000 expenses bill during brief stint in Dail
Published 21/04/2010 | 05:00
HE was only a TD for eight months, but George Lee claimed more than €16,000 in expenses in that time.
Figures show that the former Fine Gael poll-topper claimed an average of €2,000 per month for travel, subsistence and phones.
Mr Lee denied being in politics "for the money" and his expenses claims were nowhere near as large as some other TDs.
During the prolonged fall-out from Mr Lee's dramatic resignation from Fine Gael, a row blew up over expenses with his former Dail colleague Brian Hayes.
Mr Hayes sparked a furious response when he claimed the slashing of TDs' salaries and expenses was a factor in Mr Lee's decision to bow out of politics.
But this was rejected by Mr Lee who accused his former colleagues of "scraping the bottom of a barrel" to denigrate him.
Mr Lee's €16,322 expenses were paid on top of his TD salary of €90,000.
Some €4,600 relates to constituency travel and expenses, and €11,700 to a separate travel and subsistence expenses and telephone allowance.
However, the expenses are a long way off what some of his former Dail colleagues claimed in the past. Many claimed up to €60,000 per year before the expenses regime was overhauled last year.