Ian Paisley Jnr
Brendan Hughes, in The Irish News, reports:
Ian Paisley billed a Belfast charity for almost £6,000 to fly first-class to a peace conference in New York.
Others travelling to the event from Ireland and Britain, including tánaiste Simon Coveney, flew in economy – more than 10 times cheaper in price.
Political opponents branded the DUP MP “truly shameless” for recouping the high-cost travel from a charity.
It is Mr Paisley’s latest lavish trip controversy after months of criticism and parliamentary probes over holidays in the Maldives and Sri Lanka.
Ian Paisley claimed £6,000 from charity for first-class trip to New York (The Irish News)
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Conor McCloskey writes:
My mate Daniel McGuigan [in Belfast City airport] , possibly the best looking fella ever to play for Naomh Treasa, with Ian Paisley Jr (left) and an Irish Passport. No words can describe this.
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Ian Paisley has defended claiming more expenses than any other MP, describing them as “unavoidable costs”. Mr Paisley received total costs of £232,042.33 to April 2013, according to figures released by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) yesterday. Of this, £131,837.76 went on a payroll for his four full-time and two part-time staff, while £69,943.21 went on parliamentary expenses. These include £24,904.13 on accommodation, and £45,039.08 on travel and other expenses.
It kind of puts Michelle Mulherin in the ha’penny place.
But then again, she doesn’t have to travel to the mainland.
Ian Paisley defends having highest expenses claim by any MP (Rebecca Black, Belfast Telegraph)
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