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# Allowances

Last year
2022
# Pay deal
Student nurses and midwives to get extra accommodation, meal and uniform allowances
Two additional uniforms for student nurses and midwives will also be provided at the start of their internship.
All time
# Ennis
Dad jailed for 21 days for failing to pay child maintenance for his two kids
He owed almost €6,500 to his estranged partner.
# Overtime
Hundreds of gardaí left out of pocket before Christmas due to payment delays
Whole districts across the country have not received their unsocial hours allowances on time.
# Dáil over
This clip of TDs shouting and roaring will make you glad they've gone on holidays
The Dáil has risen until 22 September. Thank God, says you…
# payback time
TDs have given back €140,000 in allowances - but who gave €3.63?
And who returned a whopping €6.89?
# owning the road
Fine Gael row with TDs over funding 'like a Merc owner giving out about Fords Escorts':
TheJournal.ie would like to state that there is nothing wrong with Ford Escorts.
# TechGuide
Why are 'unlimited' data plans not actually unlimited?
Two words: fair usage.
# Allowances
Here's what Irish Water say they'll do with your PPS number
Want to keep your 30,000 litre allowance? Irish Water will need to keep your PPS number indefinitely.
# Haddington Road
Scrapping rent allowance for garda recruits will 'create friction' in ranks
The GRA said the withdrawal of the allowance would essentially be a pay cut for recruits.
# Intolerable
A British government minister quit because he couldn't make enough money to live in London
Mark Simmonds said he wants to focus on his family.
# tighten your belts
This is how the government plans to tackle the politicians' allowance bill
Yesterday Minister Brendan Howlin introduced new legislation in the Dail which will keep closer checks on how TDs and Senators spend the money.
# Social Welfare
Over 141,000 social welfare applications rejected in 2013
Figures from the Department of Social Protection revealed more than 23,000 appeals were lodged in the first ten months of this year.
# Politicians' Pay
'A nice bonus at Christmas time': Dublin mayor's pay-cut benefits 50 community groups
Dermot Looney’s decision to surrender part of his salary has worked out well for dozens of community groups in the south of the capital.
# garda payments
Garda allowance and overtime payments delayed until new year again
Gardaí will now have to wait until January to receive the payments earned in November.
# city slickers
The ‘Dublin differential’: Should city centre dwellers get tax breaks for living in the capital?
House prices in Dublin are up 12.3 per cent, so should people living in the city get a helping hand?
# Parliamentary Activities Allowance
TDs and Senators who lose their seats could face court action over unspent allowances
A new bill published yesterday will ensure that unspent allowances from TDs and Senators are repaid for the first time.
# Party Leaders' Allowance
New law will abolish ministerial severance payments and cut politicians’ allowances
The government has published the Oireachtas Ministerial and Parliamentary Offices Amendment Bill 2013 today which will deal with the controversial party leaders’ allowance.
# Budget 2014
Readers’ Panel Part Two: What are you expecting from Budget 2014?
We spoke to some readers about their hopes and fears ahead of tomorrow’s budget. Here’s what they had to say, in their own words.
# Budget 2014
Carers plead for Household Benefit Package to be protected
Reports over the weekend suggested that some cuts to packages for family carers could be in tomorrow’s Budget, but carers say that would be the wrong move.
# Parliamentary Standard Allowance
TDs and Senators given advice to counter 'disingenuous annual media yarn' on allowances
TDs and Senators have been told to point out that “most if not all members” will have exceeded the minimum number of attendance days to qualify for allowances. In fact, just 15 TDs and four Senators have reached the required number of days.
Voices
Column: To restore our financial credibility, tough decisions must be taken on Croke Park 2
You can’t spend money you don’t have, writes Seán Murphy, who says Jack O’Connor’s proposal to use the €1 billion promissory note savings and taxing the wealthy is not a viable solution.
# mobility allowance
'A sick bureaucratic monster' - Department slammed after disability payments axed
The government confirmed last night that it will axe the Mobility Allowance and the Motorised Transport Grant because it would be too costly to widen the schemes to ensure compliance with equality laws.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you think the government will be successful in this round of Croke Park talks?
Most unions are returning to talks today but will the government be able to reach a deal to save €170 million through pay cuts?
# Garda cuts
Garda Commissioner to meet GRA as plans for industrial action get underway
The GRA said plans are in place for members to “turn off the goodwill tap” from 22 February if the government refuses to budge on pay cut proposals.
# blue flu
Gardaí in Cork City may opt for 'blue flu'
Last night gardaí in Cork City voted unanimously to pass a motion calling for industrial action over proposed cuts to pay and allowances.
# Allowances
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.
# Allowances
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.
# Cuts
Gardaí expected to withdraw from Croke Park talks
The Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors said the cuts to allowances that were put on the table today are unacceptable.
# Money Money Money
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?
# Prime Numbers
Ties, galleries and Angela Merkel: The week in numbers
How many houses will have to pay the ‘mansion tax’? And who could find that Budget 2013 has been generous to them?
# political allowances
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.
# Leaders' Questions
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.
# Allowances
In numbers: the PAC's report on reviewing public allowances
The Public Accounts Committee published a report this week on reviewing public allowances. Here’s some of its figures.
# Allowances
PAC report: System of public sector allowances 'not fit for purpose'
The Committee of Public Accounts said the system “brings discredit to the legitimate expectations of public servants for proper pay and recognition”.
# Allowances
Payment of garda allowances and overtime delayed until new year
The Garda Representative Association said a legacy has developed whereby the time discrepancy for payments can be as much as 56 days.
# Allowances
More than €166m in allowances paid to HSE staff last year
HSE representatives appearing before the Public Accounts Commitee said most allowances are paid to frontline service provision staff.
# Allowances
Public Accounts Committee to examine HSE allowances
In considering the allowances, the committee will compare the Irish system of compensating medical staff with international systems.
# political funding
Report shows independent TDs get less state funding
Independent TD Catherine Murphy has pulled together figures to illustrate the resource disadvantage of non-party TDs.