Wednesday 21 February 2018

The truth about TDs' pay

A new expenses regime has been introduced for TDs, which has radically altered the way in which allowances are
both calculated and claimed
A new expenses regime has been introduced for TDs, which has radically altered the way in which allowances are both calculated and claimed

• The letter published in the Irish Independent on Wednesday, July 4, 'Too many TDs or not TDs -- that is the question', is inaccurate.

For starters, the letter writer says that the basic pay of a deputy is €95,363, rising to €101,446 for long-service TDs. This is wrong.

TDs are paid the basic salary of €92,672, commencing with the 31st Dail. Long Service Increments no longer exist, and all salaries are subject to tax and the normal charges and levies.

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