From top: Leinster House car park; travel costing guidlnes
Further to Frank O Rourke TD and his ‘mileage of shame‘
Expenses sleuth Ken Foxe writes
Twelve TDs are each being paid over €25,000 in travel expenses per year despite living within a 60 kilometre radius of their place of work…
the TDs are paid a tax-free sum of €25,295 each to cover the cost of their travel and accommodation.
That allowance is calculated on the basis of 150 overnights paid at civil service rates according to a statement from the Department of Public Expenditure (which makes up around 60% of the annual payment).
The only ones who don’t get the accommodation element included are the Dublin TDs.
The rest of the €25k-a-year allowance is based on travel to and from work, and whatever additional travel they undertake in their constituency or nationally as TDs.
In the latest publication of Dáil expenses for April, they are all listed as being in receipt of €3,803.75, which includes their monthly travel and accommodation of €2,107 and a separate payment to cover the costs of public representation.
Previously: The Mileage Of Shame