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Sunday, 05 February 2012

With the figures for December 2011 published on the Oireachtas website on Wednesday it has been revealed that TDs amassed €6m in expenses since the first sitting of the 31st Dáil last March, on top of their basic salary of €92,672. TDs can opt to receive a flat rate, based on the distance between their home and the Dáil, or they can submit expense claims for actual amounts. Either way there is a fixed rate travel and accommodation allowance (TAA) based on their home location.

Topping the list was Fine Gael TD for Cork South West Noel Harrington, who received more than €53k. It is however unfair to single him out as he is based in west Cork and receives the maximum TAA of €37,850. It is, however, worth singling out the Labour TD for Dublin South West, Éamon Maloney, who refused to claim any expenses. He thinks that he is paid extremely well with his basic salary and does not require the €12k TAA, or to claim under the PRA as he doesn’t have a constituency office. Compare that with the €31,865 claimed by Richard Boyd Barrett, whose party rejoices in the title of People Before Profit and who represents nearby Dún Laoghaire.




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