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#Politicians' Expenses

# politicians-expenses - Thursday 12 July, 2018

Dáil parties got €7.63m in expenses last year - with Fianna Fáil taking the biggest slice

Sipo has released details of expenses for 2017.

# politicians-expenses - Tuesday 17 May, 2016

St Patrick's Day flights for Taoiseach's entourage cost €37,334

Delays and uncertainty in the formation of a new government meant the tickets were booked just four days in advance – costing €9,257 for Enda Kenny alone.

# politicians-expenses - Saturday 14 May, 2016

Outgoing Dáil Chairmen paid €17,626 in February and March, despite overseeing just four hours of debate

As Ceann Comhairle and Leas Ceann Comhairle, Seán Barrett and Michael Kitt continued to be paid salary and expenses, even when the Dáil was broken up for the election.

TDs claimed more than €500,000 in expenses during March - despite only sitting twice

It brings to €3.4 million the amount known to have been paid to TDs and Ministers between the general election and the formation of the new government.

# politicians-expenses - Tuesday 16 February, 2016

From The42 Manny Pacquiao apologises after comments that gay couples are 'worse than animals' Controversy

Manny Pacquiao apologises after comments that gay couples are 'worse than animals'

The boxer was speaking ahead of May elections in the Philippines.

# politicians-expenses - Monday 20 July, 2015

Ministers don't have to explain most of their €1.4 million personal expenses

A new analysis of official figures by TheJournal.ie.

# politicians-expenses - Monday 16 March, 2015

Government has spent €700,000 sending Ministers abroad for St Patrick's Day since 2011 Exclusive

If you think that’s steep, check out the previous government’s bill…

# politicians-expenses - Saturday 2 February, 2013

Senators received nearly €2 million in expenses in 2012

The average senator received €32,695 in allowances last year – equal to nearly half of their basic salary.

# politicians-expenses - Friday 1 February, 2013

TDs receive €7.2m travel and office allowances for 2012

The Oireachtas has published full figures for 2012. Click through to see how much your TDs received.

# politicians-expenses - Friday 25 January, 2013

230 Irish expected to gain Australian citizenship tomorrow

January 26 is Australia Day, when it is traditional for people from other countries to formally receive Aussie citizenship.

# politicians-expenses - Sunday 20 January, 2013

In numbers: How much would we save by abolishing the Seanad?

We’ll be holding a referendum on abolishing the Seanad at some stage in 2013. So how much does it cost us every year?

# politicians-expenses - Wednesday 5 December, 2012

Budget 2013: Unvouched expenses will end, but 95 politicians will receive more

There’s also an across-the-board cut for political expenses, while severance pay for office holders will be scrapped.

# politicians-expenses - Wednesday 28 November, 2012

Taoiseach defends ministerial tax breaks for second Dublin homes

The Taoiseach tells Pearse Doherty that cabinet ministers only receive about a tenth of the accommodation allowances that TDs do.

# politicians-expenses - Tuesday 23 October, 2012

Oireachtas questioning legal advice about use of travel expenses

The head of the Houses of the Oreachtas Commission believes allowances should not cover travel around the country.

# politicians-expenses - Saturday 20 October, 2012

Review could see TDs recommend cuts to their own allowances

The Public Accounts Committee is to review allowances paid to ministers and others – and could ask for them to be cut.

# politicians-expenses - Monday 1 October, 2012

Oireachtas members paid €764k allowances for month without sittings

224 of the 226 members of the Dáil and Seanad were paid allowances in August, even though both houses were in recess.

# politicians-expenses - Tuesday 18 September, 2012

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# politicians-expenses - Sunday 16 September, 2012

Column: It’s not just sandal wearing hippies who grow and eat organic food

Science remains divided about organic food and its benefits – so who’s buying it? Grace Maher explains what is happening in our supermarkets.

# politicians-expenses - Monday 6 August, 2012

In pictures: Art in the Olympic Park London 2012 This post contains videos This post contains images

In pictures: Art in the Olympic Park

There’s not just sport to look at in the park, there’s art too.

# politicians-expenses - Sunday 10 June, 2012

Taoiseach makes switch to vouched expenses – costing us extra €8k this year

Enda Kenny has opted to start vouching for his parliamentary expenses – and is therefore entitled to higher monthly payments.

# politicians-expenses - Thursday 7 June, 2012

One-third of TDs return €210k in unused expenses for 2011

Ministers Eamon Gilmore, Richard Bruton, Ruairí Quinn and Róisín Shortall are among those returning the highest amounts.

# politicians-expenses - Friday 27 April, 2012

Change to TDs’ expenses reduces chance of similar phone expenses exposé

Reform of the Oireachtas expenses rules in March 2010 means reportage on fraudulent mobile phone expenses can’t be repeated.

# politicians-expenses - Sunday 15 April, 2012

From The42 Sports film of the week: The Two Escobars 30 For 30 This post contains videos

Sports film of the week: The Two Escobars

Every week we turn the lights down, get the popcorn on and watch one of your favourites together. Do join us.

# politicians-expenses - Saturday 14 April, 2012

Here's why you can't view a TD's 'vouched' expenses receipts

We thought it would be interesting to ask for a copy for a random TD’s receipts for what they spent their vouched expenses on. We were turned down. This is why.

# politicians-expenses - Friday 13 April, 2012

Oireachtas committee to scrutinise TDs' new expenses regime

TheJournal.ie first reported in February how a tweak to the expenses system meant TDs could claim twice for some costs.

# politicians-expenses - Thursday 29 March, 2012

Column: Our politicians are overpaid. It’s time they rejoined the real world.

A new campaign is calling for politicians’ pay to be benchmarked against real jobs. Aaron McKenna explains why the salaries have to shrink.

# politicians-expenses - Wednesday 28 March, 2012

From The Daily Edge 6 politicians who have got in hot water and 2 who escaped unscathed (maybe) Political Storms This post contains videos This post contains images

6 politicians who have got in hot water and 2 who escaped unscathed (maybe)

Irish politcians have been hitting the headlines with their less than kosher dealings.. how do they match up to these international wheelers and dealers?

# politicians-expenses - Tuesday 28 February, 2012

Sinn Féin TD urged to ‘come clean’ over €50,000 use of Dáil printer cartridges

Aengus Ó Snodaigh says his use of 434 printer cartridges between 2007 and 2008 – costing over €50,000 – was merited.

# politicians-expenses - Monday 13 February, 2012

New rules may allow independent TDs to be paid twice for same expenses Exclusive

A new regime means independent TDs and Senators are now paid two different kinds of allowance – to cover the same expenses.

# politicians-expenses - Sunday 12 February, 2012

The 9 at 9: Sunday

The nine stories you need to know this morning, including: more trouble for Ivor Callely, the big Six Nations freeze, and Whitney Houston dies at 48

# politicians-expenses - Wednesday 25 January, 2012

Callely arrested in probe over mobile phone receipts

Former junior minister Ivor Callely has been arrested as part of an investigation into the use of fraudulent receipts.

# politicians-expenses - Thursday 12 January, 2012

Ireland’s ‘best-kept secret’: 12 senators receiving €23k annual 'leaders' allowance'

12 independent members of the Seanad are entitled to a little-known allowance of around €23,000 per year, TDs are told.

Callely win could land taxpayer with €500k legal bill

The Public Accounts Committee is told that Ivor Callely’s legal fees for his Supreme Court challenge could reach hundreds of thousands.

# politicians-expenses - Wednesday 4 January, 2012

Study reveals Italian MPs are highest earners in EU

A study commissioned by the Italian government finds that some MPs make €18,000 per month – several times what the Dutch do.

# politicians-expenses - Monday 2 January, 2012

Former taoisigh lose mobile phone and secretarial expenses

From yesterday, former taoisigh are no longer entitled to claim expenses for secretarial work and mobile phones from the state.

# politicians-expenses - Thursday 24 November, 2011

Ministers can claim €3,500 tax refund for laundry expenses

Michael Noonan reveals that ministers can take €3,500 off their tax expenses if they need to stay in hotels while in Dublin.

The 9 at 9: Thursday

Nine things to know by 9am: How do you solve a problem like Kevin Cardiff? How do ministers claim a little-known €3,500 tax rebate? And what is the USA’s top export?

# politicians-expenses - Wednesday 5 October, 2011

Ahern claimed €377k in expenses since leaving office

Details provided to Wicklow TD Anne Ferris show that the ‘Teflon Taoiseach’ has claimed over €10,000 in phone expenses alone.

# politicians-expenses - Saturday 10 September, 2011

In focus: how some civil servants accrue such massive pensions

Civil servants are entitled to enormous pensions largely because of rules brought in by politicians to boost their own retirement.

Hard times: Sales in Dáil bars fell during 2009

Just as the economy began to bite, sales in the Dáil bar fell by just under 10 per cent. Not much Bass sold either…

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