Thursday 22 March 2018

Travel expenses

• Contrary to the impression created by your story, 'Howlin loosens travel expenses rules for TDs' (Irish Independent, Ocober 19 2012), I have made no change to the Oireachtas expenses regime in respect of travel.

There has been no change in policy; rather, after legal advice was received from the Office of the Attorney General, legal clarity has been brought to the implementation of the 2010 Regulations which introduced the current system of Oireachtas expense allowances.

I am, however, in the context of the difficult Budget ahead, examining the financial supports available to all Oireachtas members.

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