INDEPENDENT TD Mick Wallace plans to use the €41,000 a year “leader’s allowance” he has begun claiming to fund research into “different issues that concern the people of Ireland”, he has said.
Mr Wallace has for the first time defended his decision to join other Independent deputies in claiming the allowance, which is untaxed and unvouched. “If I don’t claim it, when all the others do, I am at a disadvantage,” he said last night.
The Wexford TD also indicated on his Facebook page that he has no intention of resigning over his building company’s evasion of €1.4 million in taxes.
“I’m also aware that some sections of the media want me out of politics – surely a good reason to stand and fight for what I believe in.”
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