The full house of perks
OVER the past seven years, the "dual abode allowance" for government ministers has cost taxpayers about €600,000.
It can be confidently assumed that most of those doing the paying never had the least idea that such a thing existed as a dual abode allowance. It has come to light now because the Labour deputy for Louth, Ged Nash, has drawn attention to it. Who knows how many other little perks lurk in dusty corners of officialdom?
Under the scheme, rural-based ministers (including Taoiseach Enda Kenny) are entitled to write off the cost of mortgage interest on a house or apartment in Dublin, as well as their electricity and gas bills and payments for repairs and maintenance.