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# Expenses

Last month
January 2023
# Expenses
Ó Broin insists his party doesn't 'owe Donohoe apology' in wake of SF expenses revelations
Speaking to RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Ó Broin said there is a “world of a difference” between Sinn Féin’s situation and Donohoe’s.
# donohoe to blame
Explainer: Why is Paschal Donohoe still in hot water over political donation declarations?
The Minister is now due to make a further statement to the Dáil on Tuesday.
# Paschal Donohoe
Opposition continues pressure on embattled Donohue
The Public Expenditure Minister is to make a further statement on his expenses on Tuesday.
Last year
2022
# SIPO
Political parties and independents received €13.4 million in State funding last year
The funding is non-electoral and is an administrative allowance.
# Expenses
Five TDs and senators forced to refund almost €6,000 after audit of expense allowances
Sinn Féin’s Eoin Ó Broin and Labour’s Aodhán Ó Ríordáin were among those required to refund the value of unvouched expenses.
All time
# Living wage
Living Wage group recommends 60c rise to €12.90 an hour due to rent increases
The Living Wage Technical Group (LWTG) has said the increase is being driven by higher rents, transport and energy costs.
# social distancing
Ibec urges government to change social distancing requirement to one metre
Business group representatives have met the Oireachtas Covid-19 Committee today.
# Travel Expenses
Oireachtas spent over €207,000 on overseas travel in last 10 months
The cost includes more than €9,200 on business class flights to Paraguay for two senators.
# Attendance
Coveney agrees Dara Murphy should present himself for investigation over his expenses
Coveney says he has not spoken to Dara Murphy.
# Expenses
Varadkar 'annoyed' as Dara Murphy unwilling to present himself for investigation
Questions have been raised about Murphy’s attendance and expenses when he was a TD.
# Expenses
Taoiseach says wrong impression being created that Dara Murphy was 'totally absent' from the Dáil
Murphy was in Leinster House on 24 sitting days out of 70 in the first nine months of 2019 and just 42 of the 104 sitting days during 2018.
# Expenses
Rowdy scenes in Dáil as Martin asks Varadkar: 'Have you asked Dara Murphy to refer himself for investigation?'
Three bodies have ruled themselves out of carrying out an investigation.
# Expenses
Dáil ethics watchdog the third body to rule itself out of investigating Dara Murphy complaints
The finance minister has said he will look for an alternative way to investigate the complaint.
# Expenses
Minister says 'alternative way' to deal with Dara Murphy complaints will be found as Dáil clerk has 'no jurisdiction'
The Dáil Committee on Members’ Interests is to meet on Thursday but questions remain as to whether they have the power to investigate.
# Expenses
Simon Harris says former TD Dara Murphy should pay back some of his expenses
Questions still hang over who will carry out the review into Murphy’s expense claims.
# Absenteeism
If investigation finds Dara Murphy broke the rules he should pay back the money, says Taoiseach
Murphy is taking up a €150,000 a year job in the European Commission.
# Dáil Expenses
Taoiseach says he's spoken to TD Dara Murphy about the controversy over his Dáil expenses
Varadkar says he plans to overhaul the political expenses system.
# St Patrick's Day
Around the world - This is where Varadkar and our ministers are heading for St Patrick’s Day
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will visit US President Donald Trump this St Patrick’s Day.
# Ireland connected
Business-class flights and 5-star hotels: Here's how much the Government spent on St Patrick's Day trips in 2018
Figures obtained under FOI show how each Department spent on St Patrick’s Day last year.
# Taxes
'Elaborate system for workers to vouch for modest expenses': Mary Lou and Leo clash over Revenue changes
The changes will kick in in January 2020.
# Tax
PAYE workers could lose out on benefit of tax cuts as Revenue reviews expense flat rate
A number of categories like shop assistants, actors and journalists will have their flat-rate expenses withdrawn from 1 January.
# Kerry
John 'The Bull’ O’Donoghue wants on the Fianna Fáil ticket in next year's local elections
O’Donoghue resigned as Ceann Comhairle in 2009 following an expenses controversy.
# House Of Commons
Ian Paisley Jr keeps seat as recall petition for by-election fails
The petition followed Paisley’s failure to declare two family holidays that were paid for by the Sri Lankan government.
# Fighting On
Ian Paisley Jr has been suspended from the House of Commons and the DUP
The suspension follows Paisley’s failure to declare two family holidays that were paid for by the Sri Lankan government.
# Ceylon farewell
Ian Paisley Jr suspended from House of Commons over paid Sri Lanka trips with his family
The trips included ‘business-class air travel and helicopter flights’.
# Political Parties
Dáil parties got €7.63m in expenses last year - with Fianna Fáil taking the biggest slice
Sipo has released details of expenses for 2017.
# nothing to declare
'A cloud over British politics': Tories won't face criminal charges for Battlebus expenses
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he was “surprised” at the decision not to press charges.
# Travel Expenses
Family Support Agency board member overclaimed €40k in expenses
“Obviously, in hindsight, it was wrong, there is no question about that,” Richard Hickey said.
# An Honest Day's Work
Senator declares Mayo home is now 200m closer to Leinster House so will receive fewer expenses
Michelle Mulherin told relevant authorities that route changes knocked her travel distance just below the 240km threshold for greater allowances.
# local government
Councillors across the country are getting a pay rise (except for ones in Dublin, Cork and Galway)
Municipal councillors will soon be entitled to €1,000 extra.
# Donegal County Council
It has cost over €360,000 to investigate this senator's €2,000 expense claims
Sipo has ruled that Brian Ó Domhnaill contravened ethics legislation, something he has strongly denied.
# voting costs
Ireland has spent over €133 million on referendums since the start of the century
15 separate referendums have been held in Ireland since 2001.
# SIPO
It has cost €350,000 to investigate this senator's €2,000 expense claims
The disputed expense claims date back to 2006 and 2007, when Brian Ó Domhnaill was a member of Donegal County Council.
# Washington
St Patrick's Day flights for Taoiseach's entourage cost €37,334
Delays and uncertainty in the formation of a new government meant the tickets were booked just four days in advance – costing €9,257 for Enda Kenny alone.
# barrett and kitt
Outgoing Dáil Chairmen paid €17,626 in February and March, despite overseeing just four hours of debate
As Ceann Comhairle and Leas Ceann Comhairle, Seán Barrett and Michael Kitt continued to be paid salary and expenses, even when the Dáil was broken up for the election.
# Settling in
TDs claimed more than €500,000 in expenses during March - despite only sitting twice
It brings to €3.4 million the amount known to have been paid to TDs and Ministers between the general election and the formation of the new government.
# factcheck
FactCheck: How much have TDs and ministers been paid since the election?
And are they really “doing nothing”? TheJournal.ie’s FactCheck is on the case.
# Expenses
'There's no wrongdoing here': Katherine Zappone defends Dáil travel expenses
Zappone said the route she uses is the fastest and most efficient in terms of saving time.
# behind the curtain
The Advisers: Meet the small group who have run the country since 2011, for €3.1 million a year
Which minister spends most on their own staff? A new analysis of official figures by TheJournal.ie