Adams tops the
expenses chart for Louth TDs

Sinn Fein deputy Gerry Adams tops the TDs’ expenses and allowance payments for Louth deputies since the last general election.

Sinn Fein deputy Gerry Adams tops the TDs’ expenses and allowance payments for Louth deputies since the last general election.

On top of the €87,258-a-year basic salary , the party president received €191,547 since the last general election in February 2011.

Next is Peter Fitzpatrick, Fine Gael, on €187,357.

Seamus Kirk, Fianna Fail, claimed €163,054.

Labour deputy and junior minister at the Department for Jobs Enterprise and Employment, Ged Nash, claimed €172,324.

Fergus O’Dowd, Fine Gael, claimed just €71,158.

The money is paid to cover travel, accommodation, office costs, chairing committees or acting as party whip.

Over the past four years TDs claimed €2.3 million for the month of August even though the Dail does not sit in August.

The current expenses system was introduced by former finance minister, the late Brian Lenihan in 2010, to replace the all the claims TDs formerly made.

The new system brought it down to two payments which are tax free.

The first part is travel and accommodation allowance which depends on where a TD lives. Deputies must attend the Dail for a minimum of 120 days to claim this.

The second part is the public representative allowance which can be used to pay rent on offices, office costs, renting accommodation for clinics and advertising.