Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin
The Irish Examiner reported Micheál Martin received a €30,000 salary bonus in 2018 through the parliamentary activities allowance taking his
take home gross pay up to €124,353.
A total of €8.19m was spent by the eight main parties in 2018 on this allowance which can cover Public Relations, travel and general administration.
A report to be published by the a Standards in Public Office Commission (SIPO) reveals:
Fianna Fáil received €305,353 for “the provision of consultant services, including the engagement of public relations services”.
Fine Gael spent €73,907 under the same category while the Social Democrats spent €3,000 on PR.
Of the Independent TDs, some of the top spenders on PR included Minister Katherine Zappone who claimed €23,450; Michael Harty who received €23,500; Michael Lowry who was paid €13,716 and Noel Grealish who got €16,827.