Friday 20 October 2017

A well resourced TD such as Murphy should pay his own way

Paul Murphy speaking at a protest outside the Dáil Photo: Justin Farrelly
Paul Murphy speaking at a protest outside the Dáil Photo: Justin Farrelly
Letters to the Editor

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Paul Murphy TD brushes off the political and public reaction to his grant of free legal aid as being no more than "cheap" and "unfounded" allegations.

In addition to his annual salary of €87,258, Deputy Murphy is eligible to receive a tax-free Travel and Accommodation Allowance of €9,000; a Constituency Office Establishment Allowance of €8,000 and a tax-free Mobile Phone Equipment Allowance of €750 every 18 months.

He also qualifies for the payment of an annual tax-free parliamentary allowance of €41,152, equivalent to €205,760 over a full parliamentary term. Non-party TDs are not compelled to account for the spending of their parliamentary allowance, so the Standards in Public Office Commission is not in a position to report how these allowances are spent.

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