TD could get €25,000 before poll
NEW Sinn Fein TD Pearse Doherty could pick up over €25,000 in wages and allowances between now and the General Election early next year.
A TD's salary is €92,672, which means that if Mr Doherty serves until the General Election is held at the end of February or early March, he will receive €23,168. As a senator, he was previously paid €65,621 a year.
However, Sinn Fein says all its TDs only receive the average industrial wage, around €29,000, and the rest is given to the party.
If a general election is held at the end of February or the start of March, Mr Doherty will be able to attend the Dail for 26 sitting days.
Mr Doherty will also be entitled to the public representation allowance, the system for claiming expenses.
TDs can opt for a vouched or unvouched system, with the unvouched amount set at a minimum of €15,000 a year, or €3,750 for three months. Under the vouched system, where a TD must produce receipts, Mr Doherty could claim a maximum of €25,700 a year, or €6,425 for three months.
Mr Doherty will also get free telephone and post within Leinster House.