Fine Gael’s Minister of State for Small Business, John Perry, has claimed the most mileage allowance since March 2011 with €31,867 claimed for mileage in the 10 months to January 2012.
The figures were released in response to a question tabled by Fianna Fail TD, Niall Collins.
Reforms of the ministerial car entitlement made last year mean that Ministers and Ministers of State use their own cars and are entitled to claim mileage for their use.
However, it is worth noting that each Minister is also provided with two drivers for their own vehicles at the tax payer’s expense.
At present the rates paid to ministers is based on engine capacity with those driving a vehicle with and engine between 1201cc and 1500cc being paid 74.42c a mile for the first 4,000 miles and 38c a mile for all mileage after this. Those driving a vehicle with an engine capacity between 1501cc and 2000cc earn 95.05c a mile for the first 4,000 miles and 45.79c a mile for any mileage over 4,000 miles.
Any minister driving a vehicle with an engine capacity of 2001cc and over earns a whopping 114.06c a mile for the first 4,000 miles and 54.95c a mile thereafter.
Mileage is limited to 60,000 miles a year.
Ming makes donations
Also making headlines this week was Independent TD for Roscommon/South Leitrim, Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan.
Responding to questions posed by the Irish Times, Deputy Flanagan said he had given away €22,421 to eight local organisations in his Roscommon-South Leitrim constituency. The money was half his gross salary less 41 per cent tax (€18,997.76), universal social charge (€3,243.52) and PRSI (€1,853.44).
He declined to name the organisations involved.