John Drennan: Lowry leads the pack gorging on Dail allowance
Tipperary TD was paid €382,000 from leaders' fund and Jackie Healy-Rae received €347,000
PAYMENTS to the independent TD Michael Lowry from the controversial independent leaders' allowance are poised to hit €500,000 over the course of his career, if the current Dail lasts its full term.
Figures released from Brendan Howlin's office last week reveal that to date Mr Lowry, with a total of €382,475, is the top beneficiary of the controversial allowance, which is neither taxed nor audited.
Mr Lowry is closely followed by Jackie Healy-Rae, who, until his departure from political life, had received €347,702.