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TDs who left Dail received total of €586,000 in exit payouts this year


Dara Murphy received a termination lump sum in January

Dara Murphy received a termination lump sum in January

Dara Murphy received a termination lump sum in January

More than €586,000 was handed out in termination pay and lump sums in January and February to TDs who retired or lost their seats at the general election.

This included €28,055 in termination payments to form-er Fine Gael TD Dara Murphy, according to records released under Freedom of Information by the Oireachtas.

Mr Murphy had stepped down as a Dail deputy last December following contro- versy over his claims for travel and accommodation allow- ances at Leinster House, despite having held a full-time job in Europe.

He received a termination lump sum of €16,031.50 in January. He was also paid €6,011.81 in both January and February in termination pay.

All TDs who lost their seat or retired before the election were entitled to a once-off lump sum of between just under €15,000 and around €17,500.

Twenty-six former members qualified, with a total of €421,859 shared between them.

In addition, each received termination pay of between €5,600 and €6,500 in February, which is calculated on the basis of 75pc of their previous salary.


That can be paid for up to six months, depending on length of service, at which point the rate of pay changes to 50pc of their previous Dail salary.

The termination payments can last for up to a year.

In some cases, politicians may opt to move on to their pension if it is likely it will exceed the level of termination pay they would receive.

Ministers who lost their seat but continue to serve in government have not yet received these payments and remain on their departmental pay roll.

According to the records, former Sinn Fein TD Gerry Adams was paid his lump sum of €16,031.50 in February and also received termination pay of €6,011.81

Maria Bailey - the Swing-gate TD who did not contest her seat - received a lump sum of €17,098 and a termination payment of €6,411.76 in February.

Former Labour leader Joan Burton was paid €16,031 in a lump sum, and her termination payment for February worked out at €6,011.81.

Former independent TD for Clare Dr Michael Harty received the highest termination lump sum payment, of €17,467.80.

His monthly termination pay was listed as €6,550.43.

The slightly higher rate of pay relates to his service as chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Health.

The smallest lump sum listed was the €14,972 paid to former Labour TD Brendan Ryan, who received €5,614.85 in his termination pay for February.

Other names on the list include Mary Mitchell O'Connor, Finian McGrath, Michael Noon-an, John Halligan, Catherine Byrne and Jim Daly.

Well-known names also in receipt of the termination lump sums and pay included Martin Ferris, John Deasy and Maureen O'Sullivan.

It is open to all members to gift either some or all of their termination pay or lump sums back to the State.

However, the Oireachtas does not provide details of such payments as it is considered personal information.