Six TDs claim over €1m in
expenses

Dail Eireann
The six TDs representing the two Leitrim constituencies have claimed over €1,000,000 in expenses since they were elected to the Dáil in 2011.

The six TDs representing the two Leitrim constituencies have claimed over €1,000,000 in expenses since they were elected to the Dáil in 2011.

Figures in a national newspaper last Saturday showed that TDs for Sligo/North Leitrim and Roscommon/South Leitrim claimed €1,043,032 in largely tax free expenses and allowance payments on top of their Dáil salaries.

The average payment for TDs nationally is €147,000 but the average among our TDs is €173,839.

Frank Feighan (Fine Gael) has claimed €222,459 since being elected in March 2011. This makes him the fifth highest claimant in the Dáil.

Tony McLoughlin (Fine Gael) has claimed €199,278 in the same timeframe followed by Denis Naughten (Ind) on €197,100.

Michael Colreavy (Sinn Féin) has claimed €195,628 and Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan (Ind), now gone to pastures new in Europe, claimed €169,835 in his time as a TD.

The lowest claimant among our TDs was John Perry (Fine Gael) who claimed €58,732 in just over three and a half years.

The lavish expenses paid to our TDs, on top of their basic salaries of €87,258, is always a very controversial subject among the public.

Following a number of high-profile scandals of expenses being claimed involving former TDs, the system was changed in 2010.

However, unvouched for receipts are still very much the norm with only 10% of TDs being randomly audited and asked to produce receipts.

More News

Buy the e-paper of the Donegal Democrat, Donegal People's Press, Donegal Post and Inish Times here for instant access to Donegal's premier news titles.

Keep up with the latest news from Donegal with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.