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# Politicians' Expenses

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Special advisers to Government ministers' earn over €4.5 million in salaries
The advisers’ pay ranges from €67,659 to €180,276, with 18 of them earning more than €100,000.
Two teenage boys stabbed in Lucan
The incidents are currently being treated as separate.
Opinion: This Seachtain na Gaeilge, we should celebrate the rise of the Gaelscoil Generation
Gaelscoileanna increased in numbers in the last 40 years, and now we have young business leaders with a passion for Gaeilge, writes Daithí de Buitléir.
Taoiseach says he's spoken to TD Dara Murphy about the controversy over his Dáil expenses
Varadkar says he plans to overhaul the political expenses system.
Dáil parties got €7.63m in expenses last year - with Fianna Fáil taking the biggest slice
Sipo has released details of expenses for 2017.
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.
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.
Manny Pacquiao apologises after comments that gay couples are 'worse than animals'
The boxer was speaking ahead of May elections in the Philippines.
Ministers don't have to explain most of their €1.4 million personal expenses
A new analysis of official figures by
Government has spent €700,000 sending Ministers abroad for St Patrick's Day since 2011
If you think that’s steep, check out the previous government’s bill…
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
In pictures: Art in the Olympic Park
There’s not just sport to look at in the park, there’s art too.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Oireachtas committee to scrutinise TDs' new expenses regime first reported in February how a tweak to the expenses system meant TDs could claim twice for some costs.
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.
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?
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.
New rules may allow independent TDs to be paid twice for same expenses
A new regime means independent TDs and Senators are now paid two different kinds of allowance – to cover the same expenses.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.