Friday 24 November 2017

Despite cuts, TDs claim €32,000 more expenses

Daniel McConnell

Daniel McConnell

Despite the reducing of rates of allowances to TDs by Finance Minister Brian Lenihan in 2009, the amount claimed by members of Dail Eireann is €32,450 more than they claimed in 2008.

The above table relates to all expenses and allowances claimed by all 166 members of Dail Eireann.

The expenses claimed are largely tax-free and unvouched. TDs living more than 15 miles from Leinster House receive generous travel and overnight subsistence payments, while those living within 15 miles receive a flat daily allowance of €55. Overnight rates and mileage rates were reduced in 2009.

TDs can also claim a telephone allowance of up to €5,700, a secretarial allowance, rental allowance, foreign travel, a constituency office grant of €8,000 as well as a maintenance allowance of €8,000 for that office. They also get €750 every 18 months for a mobile phone and car kit and €5,000 in so-called miscellaneous expenses to cover refreshments and the costs of holding clinics.

Not included in the main table are the allowances paid to the Ceann Comhairle and Leas Ceann Comhairle.Some €125,005 is given to the office holder of Ceann Comhairle, so that amount was shared between John O'Donoghue and Seamus Kirk in 2009. Brendan Howlin, the Leas Ceann Comhairle, received €54,549.

The reason these are not included is that while they are designated as allowances, in reality they form part of their salaries and are paid monthly.

The tables were compiled by Daniel McConnell using documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. With thanks to Margaret Crawley at the One Stop Shop, Leinster House.

Sunday Independent

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