Sunday 18 March 2018

TD's son claimed €31,000 in extra hours

Fiach Kelly

THE latest controversy surrounding John McGuinness comes after the Irish Independent revealed that almost €250,000 was spent kitting out a new office for him when he was appointed a junior minister in 2007.

The OPW confirmed to the PAC it had "no contact" with Mr McGuinness about the office, but said it was in line with "the benchmark for executive accommodation" in 2007.

Another controversy involved Mr McGuinness' son, Andrew, who claimed more than €30,000 in overtime from the taxpayer in one year while he was employed as his father's personal secretary. He was on a salary of €42,000, but the Irish Independent has learned he claimed €30,800 in overtime payments in 2008.

Between 2007 and 2009, he claimed a total of €71,353 in overtime, mileage and subsistence.

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