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Healy Rae Brothers defend expenses claims of almost €100,000

4 Aug

The Healy Rae brothers are defending one hundred thousand euro in expenses they claimed from Kerry County council. An Irish Independent investigation reveals Danny and Michael Healy-Rae, were paid a total of €196,000 for 2008/2009.

The figures make the brothers two of the top earners among the country’s 883 county and city councillors — who were paid a total of €75.6 million euro over the two years. This time period includes a number of months of Michael Healy Rae’s reign as Mayor of Kerry.

Michael Healy Rae admits the spending was high but defends it by saying a Kerry mayor wouldn’t be doing his job properly if he didn’t travel across the country. He added that the figures are misrepresented, and are three years of claims bunched together.

via Radio Kerry News

Kerry TD’s expenses published

1 Jun

Below is the amount YOUR TD has claimed in expenses for the past two months.
Are they providing value for money, on your behalf?

Kerry South
Deputy John O’Donoghue
Unvouched 11 30/04/2010 €4,342.17

Deputy Tom Sheahan
Vouched 9 30/04/2010 €5,107.84

Kerry North
Deputy Martin Ferris
Unvouched 10 30/04/2010 €4,279.17

Deputy Tom McEllistrim
Unvouched 9 30/04/2010 €4,216.17

Kerry South
Deputy Jackie Healy-Rae
Vouched 11 31/03/2010 €5,233.84

Deputy John O’Donoghue
Unvouched 11 31/03/2010 €4,342.17

Deputy Tom Sheahan
Vouched 9 31/03/2010 €5,107.84

Kerry North
Deputy Jimmy Deenihan
Vouched 9 31/03/2010 €5,107.84

Deputy Martin Ferris
Unvouched 10 31/03/2010 €4,279.17

Deputy Tom McEllistrim
Unvouched 9 31/03/2010 €4,216.17

Apologies to anyone left out.
Source: http://www.oireachtas.ie

Jackie Healy-Rae in Top 10 of TD’s expenses

26 Oct

South Kerry TD Jackie Healy-Rae has been listed among the the Dail’s top ten expenses claimants. A report in the Sunday Tribune ranks him sixth. Between 2005-2008, his travel and subsitence expenses ran to almost €300,000. Among Kerry TDs, Martin Ferris was second highest with €277,000, while Jimmy Deenihan claimed €254,000. Tom McEllistrim claimed €144,000 – less than half as much as Deputy Healy-Rae.

Figures for other Kerry deputies are not comparable because they did not serve as TDs continuously during that time.

Jackie Healy-Rae claims €40,000 in travel expenses in 6 months

19 Oct

South Kerry TD Jackie Healy-Rae claimed more than €40,000 in travel and subsistence expenses in the first six months of this year. According to figures released to the Sunday Tribune under the Freedom of Information Act, Deputy Healy-Rae claimed three one-way trips to between Kerry and Dublin most weeks during that period. The independent deputy, who is 78, is entitled to a free travel pass on Irish Rail but declines to use it and claims expenses from the state for his travel instead.

via Radio Kerry News

Ceann Comhairle issues full apology

16 Sep

Full statement by Ceann Comhairle John O’Donoghue, TD


Two days ago Members of Dáil Éireann received a letter from me in relation to costs incurred by me as an office holder. As some Members have raised concerns about the matters addressed in that letter, I think it is appropriate that, today, I re-emphasise and clarify points intended to have been communicated by that letter. Before so doing, I want to make one observation.

The Framework

In the debate about Ministerial costs, context is everything. Some Ministers will incur greater costs than others by virtue of the nature of their portfolio. That is an unavoidable fact of life. But such costs are not incurred without controls. There is a statutory framework within which costs are incurred, paid and audited. There are a number of fundamental propositions that need to be repeated. They are as follows:
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Kerry TD claims €40,000 expenses – and takes the train

5 May

Photographs of South Kerry TD Jackie Healy-Rae arriving in Dublin by train for Dail business have appeared in the Sunday Mirror. But the paper reports that the independent deputy claimed travel and accommodation expenses of more than €40,000 over the course of a year. Deputy Healy-Rae insists he he only claims what he is entitled to and he varies the mode of transport which he takes to Dublin.

He added that he does not avail of free travel on the train as an OAP – despite being entitled to it – and pays the €72 train fare instead.

Does he think that it is a good thing that he pays for the train and then claims back the money as expenses? He (and all politicians) should be denied the expenses for products/services that he is entitled to receive for free.